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Value in Art: Understanding the Use of Value in Art

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Feb 25, 2022 • 3 min read

Value is one of the elements of art that dictates how light or dark a color appears. Whether you’re working with acrylic paints, watercolors, pastels, or graphite, a basic tonal shift in the value of a color can communicate light source, focal point, and depth.