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1 The Principles of Design what you need to know to make a great piece of art

2 Movement- A way of combining visual elements (such as lines, shapes, forms, etc…) to produce a sense of action, or implied motion. It creates the look and feeling of action & guides the viewer’s eyes through a work of art. Vincent Van Gogh, The Starry Night, 1889 Umberto Boccioni, Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, 1913

3 Rhythm- A visual tempo or beat. It indicates movement through the repetition of art elements. Often described as alternating, flowing, regular, progressive,or jazzy. Willem de Kooning, Untitled XIII, 1985 Jackson Pollock, Autumn Rhythm (Number 30), 1950

4 Contrast (& Variety)- A large difference between two things. For example; rough & smooth, large and small or black & white. Joan Miró, Constellation: Toward the Rainbow, 1941 Grant Wood, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, 1931

5 Variety (& Contrast)- Using different lines, shapes, textures, colors and other art elements to create interest in a work of art. Nancy Doughty, Quilt, Contained Crazy pattern,1872 Henri Matisse, Panel with Mask, 1947

6 Balance- The way the art elements are arranged to create a feeling of stability in a work. Parts of equal visual weight. Balance can be symmetrical or asymmetrical Georges Seurat, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte Frank Stella, Gray Scramble (Single), VIII, 1968

7 Repetition & Pattern- decorative visual repeating of the art elements, which helps to unify a piece of artwork Rene Magritte, Golconda, 1953 Salvador Dali, The Weaning of Furniture Nutrition, 1934

8 Emphasis- An area in an artwork that catches and holds the viewer’s attention. It is also called the focal area or focal point. It makes one part of a work dominant over the other parts. Charles Demuth, Red Poppies, 1929 Sébastien Bourdon, The Holy Family, ca. 1650

9 Proportion- The relation of one object to another in size, scale, amount, number or degree. Salvador Dali, The Dream, 1931 Claes Oldenburg:, "Free" Stamp at Cleveland City Hall, 1991

10 Unity & Harmony- A feeling that all of the parts in an artwork are working together as a team; the quality of wholeness. James Rosenquist, House of Fire, 1981 Louis Comfort Tiffany, Made by Tiffany Studios, Stained Glass Window, ca. 1902–15


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