Monday, 16 January 2012

Elements of Art and Principles of Design

     In order to appreciate art, you must understand its language. So, if Art is a language, what is its grammar or structure? We will find the answer in the Elements of Art and Principles of Design.

The Elements of Art are:


The Principle of Design. They help us to organize and unify our works of art. Artists "design" their works by controlling and ordering the Elements of Art in them. If we just put objects anywhere in a work of art—without thinking about how to arrange them—that work would probably not be very interesting, or very good. The Principles of Design help us to create effective compositions.

  • Unity
  • Variety
  • Balance
  • Contrast
  • Emphasis
  • Pattern
  • Proportion
  • Movement
  • Rhythm
  • Dominance

As you study Visual Art, and the world around you, you will notice that these Elements and Principles never appear by themselves.

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