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Visual Art Conventions

These elements or conventions of visual art are the tools that artists use to convey meaning and create atheistic value.
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Jonie Douglas

on 30 January 2013

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balance the ways in which the elements (lines, shapes, colors, textures, etc.) are arranged

formal, symmetrical balance- elements given equal 'weight' from an imaginary line in the middle of piece

informal, asymmetrical balance- elements placed unevenly, but work together to produce overall harmony symmetry Mirror imagery--central axis divides one side as an exact mirror image of the other.

Objects in the real world are never 'exactly' symmetrical.

Fine art usually uses near-symmetry (especially in early Christian religious paintings). Conventions of Visual Art These conventions or elements of visual art are the tools that artists use to convey meaning and create aesthetic value. proportion A principle of art that describes the size, location, or the amount of one element to another (or to the whole) in an artwork
Harmony verisimilitude The quality of appearing to be true or real.
Something that has the appearance of being true or real. perspective Conventions of Visual Art 2002 James T. Saw 1521
Oil on canvas, 287 x 268 cm
Santo Spirito, Bergamo 1100s
Berlinghieri's
St. Francis of Assisi fresco sculpture The art of making two- or three-dimensional representative or abstract forms, esp. by carving stone or wood or by casting metal or plaster
full round: has all 4 sides
relief: on a flat surface sfumato closed composition use of geometric shapes
Perspective is used to create an illusion of space and depth on a flat surface
- Linear: A form of perspective in drawing and painting in which parallel lines are represented as converging so as to give the illusion of depth and distance. the art of painting on freshly spread moist lime plaster with water-based pigments
Example: Sistine Chapel surface texture Sfumato means that there are no harsh outlines present (as in a coloring book). Areas blend into one another through miniscule brushstrokes, which makes for a rather hazy, albeit more realistic, depiction of light and color. the characteristics of a surface. It has three components:
lay
surface roughness
waviness A closed composition tends to be kind of static, getting the viewer to focus on the subject matter within boundaries. 2-D:
square
rectangle
circle
oval
triangle
pentagon
hexagon
octagon 3-D:
cube
sphere
cylinder
cone
rectangular prism
pyramid
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