# UNIT 01: BASIC ELEMENTS OF PLASTIC EXPRESSION

## 1. POINT

### 1.1. DEFINITION OF POINT

The point is the smallest plastic expression element. The purpose of the point is to locate a position.
It is usually rounded, but can also be squared, triangular, irregular…

The point can present different sizes. If the size is too big, the point will be considered as a plane in our canvas.

“A point is a small bit of colour put by the artist on the canvas. It is neither a geometric point nor a mathematical abstraction; it is extension, form and colour. This form can be a square, a triangle, a circle, a star or something more complex. The point is the most concise form but, according to its placement on the basic plane, it will take a different tonality. It can be isolated or resonate with other points or lines.” Wassily Kandinsky.

### 1.2. THE EXPRESSIVE POWER OF THE POINT

Changing the shapes, colours and sizes of points, we can create a sensation of depth.

Using the technique of pointillism, you can create a painting by using only points.

Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. George Seurat.