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Principles of Design

Overview of Principles of Design to begin our unit

Ashlyn Basinger

on 28 January 2013

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Design BALANCE -a principle of design referring to the arrangement of visual elements to create stability in an artwork. EMPHASIS A principle of design that includes an element or a combination of elements that create more attention that anything else in a composition. Dominant element is usually a focal point in the composition and contributes to unity by suggesting that other elements are subordinate to it. PATTERN The repetition of elements of combinations of elements in a recognizable organization. RHYTHM A principle of design the refers to ways of combining elements to produce the appearance of movement in an artwork. It may be achieved through repetition, alternation, or progression of an element. MOVEMENT A principle of design associated with rhythm, referring to the arrangement of parts in an artwork to create a sense of motion to the viewer's eye through the work. CONTRAST and VARIETY A principle of design that refers to differences between elements such as color, texture, value, and shape. A painting might have bright colors contrasted with dull or angular shapes contrasted with round ones. UNITY A principle of design related to the sense of wholeness which results from the successful combination of the component elements of an artwork. Symmetrical Asymmetrical Radial The organization of the parts of a composition so that one side duplicates or mirrors the other. A feeling of balance attained when the visual units on either side of a vertical axis are actually different but are placed in the composition to create a "felt" balance of the total artwork. A composition based on a circle with the design radiating from a central point. CONTRAST VARIETY A principle of design concerned with the inclusion of differences in the elements of a composition to offset unity and make the work more interesting. FLOWING ALTERNATING PROGRESSIVE Repeating two or more elements on an alternating basis An element changes gradually from large to small, dark to light, and so on. Implies movement; directs viewers' attention throughout an artwork; repetition Unit Objectives Students will be able to: define each of the principles of design (balance, emphasis, pattern, rhythm, movement, contrast/variety, and unity).
use the principles of design to analyze relationships among elements in artworks, including their own.
create artworks that satisfy the design principles discussed.
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