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1 Plate Composition using the Elements and Principles of Art

2 Elements The basic building blocks Line Shape/Form Space Texture Color

3 Lines A mark made by a moving point. Has greater length than width. Directs the eye – horizontal, vertical, diagonal, curvy, zig-zag, etc. Can be actual obvious lines or the borders or edges of shapes. Strongest Line in plate design is a diagonal followed by the “C” design

4 Diagonal Line

5 “C” Plate Line

6 Shape/Form A contained area. Can be GEOMETRIC (man-made) ex. Square, triangle, circle, etc. Can be ORGANIC (natural) Shapes are 2-Dimensional and flat. (circle) Forms are 3-Dimensional with height, width and depth. (sphere) Used to create a sense of space and substance.

7 Shape/Form

8 Space The area used or unused in a composition. Positive space – the area the objects/subject takes up. Negative space – the area around, under, through and between. Frame the food Use negative space to make food the star

9 Space

10 Texture The surface quality. How an object feels, or how it looks like it feels. Rough, smooth, bumpy, gooey, sharp, etc. Adds interest! Sense of sight and sense of touch involved.

11 Texture

12 Color Artistic term is HUE Need light to see color. Primary, Secondary, Intermediates. Use color schemes to enhance appeal or make impact.

13 Color

14 Principles The different arrangements – or compositions - of the ELEMENTS of design to create artistic, interesting, more visually powerful plates. Principles

15 What are the Principles of Art Utilized in Food Plating? Emphasis Balance Unity-Harmony Contrast Movement/ Rhythm Seqencing and Facing Pattern/Repetition

16 An element that occurs over and over again in a composition. Can repeat the element in a consistent pattern. Can repeat the element in a variation of the pattern.

17 Repetition Examples

18 EMPHASIS or Focal Point Emphasis in a composition refers to developing points of interest to pull the viewer's eye to important parts of the plate.


20 Balance Balance is a sense of stability in the body of work. Balance can be created by repeating same shapes and by creating a feeling of equal weight.

21 Balance Examples Asymmetric –Balance is distributed but not equal on each side of the plate

22 Balance Examples Symmetric Balance –Plate is uniform and food is mirror images on all sides of plate

23 Unity Unity is when all the parts harmonize and seem to fit together.

24 Unity Examples

25 CONTRAST Contrast refers to the opposites and differences in the work. You can achieve variety by using different shapes, textures, colors and height in your work.

26 CONTRAST Examples

27 Movement Movement adds excitement to your work by showing action and directing the viewers eye throughout the picture plane. Rhythm is a type of movement in plating that you can achieve through sequencing, facing and garnish

28 Movement/Sequencing/Facing

29 Elements and Principles in Plating Composition The Elements and Principles are used in making plate “POP”. Why care? –Increase customer satisfaction –Cost effective –Help with portion control –Increase your profits$$$

30 Advice from Gordon Ramsey Keep your presentation clean and simple Use an odd number of ingredients on the plate to avoid symmetry “eyeballs" Never go for looks rather than flavor. This includes the use of herbs as a garnish, unless they go with the meal

31 Advice from Gordon Ramsey Avoid moving things around once they’re on the plate, as this will simply make a mess Visualize what your dish will look like before you start arranging it on the plate Don’t clutter the plate

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