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Ms. Crump - ART. Principles of Art. What are Art Principles?. Rules for how art elements are organized to create unity in an artwork They are: Balance Variety Harmony Emphasis Proportion Pattern/Rhythm Movement. Balance.

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what are art principles
What are Art Principles?
  • Rules for how art elements are organized to create unity in an artwork
  • They are:
    • Balance
    • Variety
    • Harmony
    • Emphasis
    • Proportion
    • Pattern/Rhythm
    • Movement
balance
Balance
  • Arranging art elements in an artwork so no one part of that work overpowers, or seems heavier than, any other part
  • Three Types:
    • Formal Balance
    • Informal Balance
    • Radial Balance
formal balance
Formal Balance
  • Also known as symmetrical balance
  • The two halves of the picture “mirror” or closely resemble each other
informal balance
Informal Balance
  • Also known as asymmetrical balance
  • Different elements appear to have equal weight
radial balance
Radial Balance
  • Have elements or objects positioned around a central point or hub
variety
Variety
  • Combing art elements with slight changes to increase visual interest
harmony
Harmony
  • Combining similar art elements to create a pleasing appearance
  • Can be accomplished by using repetition and gradual changes
emphasis
Emphasis
  • Making an element or object in a work stand out
proportion
Proportion
  • The relationship of certain elements to the whole and to each other
  • Used to help create emphasis
  • Used with size (one shape being much larger than the others)
  • Used with color (one shape a different color than the rest)
pattern rhythm
Pattern/Rhythm
  • Achieved through the repetition of colors, lines, shapes, and/or textures
  • Makes work seem active or suggests vibration
movement
Movement
  • Creating the look and feeling of action to guide the viewer’s eye throughout a work of art
unity
Unity
  • A look and feel of oneness or completeness in a work of art
  • “Wholeness”
  • Achieved when elements and principles are skillfully combined
  • Harmony and pattern can help to accomplish this
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