Art Books for Kids- Elements of Art: Space and Value

Space and value are two of the elements of art. Artist use these tools in various ways.

We love finding art books for kids or children’s books that either demonstrate the elements of art. Some books inspire through the illustrations, stories or both! 

books on spacebooks on value

Elements of Art: Space and Value

Space is an element we can use to allow the eye to rest in an area of an artwork that is positive or negative.

Shape can also be demonstrated with a the shape of a heart cut out of a piece of paper. The heart is the positive space and the hole left behind is the negative space. Both pieces can be used in artwork.

Silhouettes added to a piece of art can create a high contrast to color or white areas and give your eyes a place to rest in the painting! Dr. Seuss used silhouettes in his Oh the Places You’ll Go book, but instead of black, he used color! 

books with makers 

blue dog book

We’ve added some of our favorite children’s books that best demonstrate space and value! We’ve linked them to Amazon so you can read the publisher’s description and customer reviews. *affiilate links

Why is Blue Dog Blue

The Shape of Me and Other Stuff

Oh the Places You’ll Go

Gone Wild – An Endangered Animal Alphabet

Apple

duck book

Value is the lightness and darkness of a color. It can be achieve with tint and shade, pressure, closeness and thickness of lines and by diluting a pigment!

Pen and ink illustrations are some of our favorite children’s books! They inspire us to get out the paper and pens to create our own pieces of art!

Alexander and the Horrible no Good Very Bad Day

Andrew book

Some of these books we recommend in our Heart of You and Young at HeART online Art courses you can find on our Art & Creativity page!

Let us know what creative books you enjoy too!

Find more Elements of Art-

Lines

Shapes

Forms

Textures

Space and Value

Color

Creativity

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