Composition: Arrangement of elements according to principles for a unified whole. 

  “Composition is the art of arranging in a decorative manner the various   elements at the painter’s disposal for the expression of his feelings.”

 

                                                                                                     Henri Matisse (1908)

 

Elements of Design - tool box

 

 

        Color    

Hue  - Value - Intensity

Warm - Cool - Bright-Intense - Neutral                           Compliments - Triad - Tertiary  - Analogous - Monochromatic

        LINE

Straight - Curved

Calligraphy - Contour - Hatching

        FORM/SHAPE

Organic - Geometric - Stylized - Naturalistic

Actual - Amorphous - Cubism - multiple views - Surrealism

        VALUE

Light - Midtone - Dark

High Key - Mid value range & higher - Low Key - Mid value range & lower - Highlight - Strong contrast

        TEXTURE

Smooth - Rough

Abstract - The appearance of texture - Actual - Collage, palette knife - Assemblage - Added actual textures

       SPACE

        Depth

Positive and negative space creating a sense of depth

 

                                                                       
Principles of Design - organization


PROPORTION - Scale/Size relative to surroundings - small, mid, large in unequal proportions with one dominant

CONFLICT/CONTRAST - light, midtown, dark in unequal proportions with one dominant

DOMINANCE - One concept more important than others - you can have dominance in all categories

REPETITION/RHYTHM - Repeating same effect with variation - lyrical movement

BALANCE - Equilibrium - Gravity - a feeling comfort

HARMONY - Cohesive pleasing interaction - integration

GRADATION - visual change of intensity for interest - also creates movement

DIRECTION/MOVEMENT - - Horizontal, vertical, diagonal or oblique - curvilinear gives a sense of movement

UNITY - An overall feeling of oneness - a sense of wholeness

 

 

The Golden Mean or law of thirds -  Division of space into a pleasing composition with focal point well placed.

ARTmentoring

Linda Daly Baker, AWS-df, NWS

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