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harmony, unity and variety


Hung Tina

on 20 March 2011

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Transcript of harmony, unity and variety

Unity Unity creates a sense of order. When a design possesses unity there will be a consistency of sizes and shapes, as well as a harmony of color and pattern. One way this is accomplished is by repeating the key elements, balancing them throughout the composition, and then adding a little variety so that the design has its own sense of personality. Unity within a well composed design accomplishes two things: Unity also gives elements the appearance of completeness, that they belong together. When a composition has unity the design will be viewed as one piece, as a whole, and not as separate elements with the painting. Using too many shapes and forms may cause a design to be unfocused, cluttered and confusing. A well organized design will be achieved by using a basic shape which is then repeated throughout the composition. 1 2 The way unity is achieved ------------ * The individual elements with in a composition will not be competing for attention.
* The key theme will be communicated more clearly.
* The design will evoke a sense of completeness and organization.
-------------------------------- -------------------------------- Similarity: Try repeating colors, shapes, values, textures, or lines to create a visual relationship between the elements. Repetition works to unify all parts of a design because it creates a sense of consistency and completeness.

Continuity: Treat different elements in the same manner. Continuity helps to create "family resemblances" between different forms. This helps to tie them together by creating an uninterrupted connection or union.

Alignment: Arranging shapes so that the line or edge of one shape leads into another helps creates unity in your design. When an element is placed in a composition, it creates an implied horizontal and vertical axis at its top, bottom, center and sides. Aligning other elements to these axes creates a visual relationship which unifies them.

Proximity: Group related items together so that these related items
Some easy ways to achieve unity -------------------------------- unity-repetition unity-grouping unity-third-element http://www.bluemoonwebdesign.com/art-lessons-9.asp




-------------------------------- Unity is the quality of wholeness that is achieved through the effective use of the elements and principles of art. The arrangement of elements and principles to create a feeling of completeness. ------------ Harmony is achieved in a body of work by using similar elements throughout the work, harmony gives an uncomplicated look to your work.
Harmony is an agreement between the shapes that stresses the similarities of all parts. In other words, the shape of one part should "fit" the shape of the adjoining elements. Shapes should"fit" properly in their positions and spaces. Variety refers to the differences in the work, You can achieve variety by using difference shapes, textures, colors and values in your work. Varying the elements creates variety. Ways to vary elements include:

* Line - thinness, thickness, value, color, angle, length
* Shape - size, color, orientation and texture, type
* Color - hue, value, saturation
* Value - darkness, lightness, high-key, low-key, value contrast
* Texture - rough, smooth
Variety Harmony -------------------------------- -------------------------------- -------------------------------- ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ 1) What is unity?
2) What are some ways to achieve unity?
3) What is harmony?
4) How is unity associated to harmony? Explain
5) What is variety?
6) What are some ways to achieve variety?
7) Explain how Van Goh uses unity, harmony and variety in his work- Starry night
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