Presentation on theme: "Creating and Understanding Focal Point-Emphasis"— Presentation transcript:
1 Creating and Understanding Focal Point-Emphasis What is a Focal Point? Focal points refer to the areas of the artwork that demand the viewer's attention.
2 Strategies Used to Create a Focal Point There are several devices that artists can use to ensure that subjects are seen in an artwork. 1. Contrast2. Isolation3. Placement4. Convergence5. The Unusual
3 ContrastOne way to create a focal point in art is through the use of contrast. Contrast refers to difference. Any type of difference in imagery will result in that element becoming a focal point. Difference or contrast can come in many different forms. Color, value, texture, shape, and form can all create contrast. By combining elements, you can increase the contrast that is created, thus strengthening the focal point.This artwork is an example of using Contrast toCreate a focal point. The cowboy is the only part of the paintingThat has any color. The rest of the painting is grey.Therefore, the cowboy stands out against the background.
4 IsolationAnother way to create a focal point in artwork is through isolation. Whenever one object or element is separated from a group it becomes isolated and in turn, becomes a focal point.This painting is an example of using Isolation tocreate a focal point. The girl is separate from the buildingsIn the background. Our eye immediately goes to the objectthat is removed.
5 PlacementObjects that are placed in the center of the picture plane or near center will naturally become a focal point. Most of the time, a focal point that is not exactly center is preferred. By placing an object or element just off center, you can create a focal point through placement without affecting the aesthetics of the work. This painting is an example of using Placementto create a focal point. The woman is placedclose to the center of the artwork. She is the first thingwe see when we look at the painting.
6 ConvergenceA fourth way to create a focal point in artwork is to use implied lines to direct a viewer's eye to an object or element. This technique is known as convergence.This painting shows convergence. The impliedlines of the painting move the eye towardsthe mother and her child.
7 The UnusualAnother way to create a focal point in artwork is to introduce an object or element that is unusual to the scene. This object will stand out and demand attention thus creating a focal point.This collage shows the unusual to create a focal point. The spoon with whipped cream and a cherry takes the place of a head, drawing our attention to it!
8 IdentificationView the next slides and identify which strategy the artist is using to create a focal point or Emphasis.
9 What strategy is illustrated in this photo? Explain you r answer
10 What strategy is shown in the photo? Explain your answer
11 What strategy is illustrated in this photo? Explain your answer
12 What strategy is shown in the photo? Explain your answer
13 What strategy is shown in the photo? Explain your answer