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Ode to things

Ode To Things

Surrealist Landscapes


  • In the visual arts — in particular painting, graphic design, photography and sculpture — composition is the placement or arrangement of visual elements or ingredients in a work of art, as distinct from the subject of a work. It can also be thought of as the organization of the elements of art according to the principles of art.

  • The principles are movement, unity, variety, balance, emphasis, contrast, proportion, and pattern.


  • Landscape comprises the visible features of an area of land, including physical elements such as landforms, living elements of flora and fauna, abstract elements like lighting and weather conditions, and human elements like human activity and the built environment.


  • Utopia - An ideally perfect place, especially in its social, political, and moral aspects.

Edward Hicks (1780-1849)

Peaceable Kingdom

3 parts to your image
3 Parts to your Image:

  • Foreground: The elements of an image which lie closest to the picture plane; The subject of an image, often depicted at the bottom in a two-dimensional work.

  • Middle Ground: the area between the foreground and the most distant part of a scene

  • Background: the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground; "he posed her against a background of rolling hills"

Sky background mountains small tree middle ground tree water foreground
Sky- BackgroundMountains/ Small Tree- Middle GroundTree/Water- Foreground

Assignment part 1
Assignment Part 1

  • Create a list of 10 items that are not essential for you to survive but are important for your personal happiness.

  • Create a list of 10 items from nature that are essential to your existence.


Write a half page proposal describing:

  • What items from your list will be in your “utopia”? (maximum 3 per list)

  • Where will you be? Outside? Inside?

  • What will the weather or your surroundings look like?

  • Why will these objects or natural elements be in your utopian landscape?

    Now Write about:

  • What will be in your foreground- Found Image/ Drawn/ Character or Person? (usually near the bottom and to the side of a picture

  • Middle ground – Found Images? (anything that is between the front and background)

  • Background - Drawn? (the general place your utopia will be. Sets the scene)