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Mind you, if you're a Drawing student and you learn how to perceive negative-space, and you take into consideration your format (maybe by using a viewfinder) these will come naturally. But remember "Form follows function," and good design should 1) Capture attention 2) Hold attention and 3) Direct Attention and your compositions will have impact and be effective.

Rhythm: Rhythm can be described as timed movement through space; an easy, connected path along which the eye follows a regular arrangement of motifs. The presence of rhythm creates predictability and order in a composition. Rhythm depends largely upon the elements of pattern and movement to achieve its effects.

Movement: Movement in a visual image comes from the kinds of shapes, forms, lines, and curves that are used.

Emphasis - what grabs your attention? Don't worry about what to do to that blank piece of paper just sit back and allow it to happen

The ABCs of Art- Learn about the principle of emphasis in design and art.

emphasis. This website has a worksheet for each principle of design, as well as nice value study exercises

Emphasis, Principles of Design

Michelle McGrath

Pattern: Pattern uses the art elements in planned or random repetitions to enhance surfaces of paintings or sculptures. Patterns often occur in nature, and artists use similar repeated motifs to create pattern in their work. Pattern increases visual excitement by enriching surface interest.

Emphasis, Principles of Design

Time crunch art lesson using table materials to show Elements and Principles of Design, kids LOVED this. Tables had to work together then we walked around to compare and share. Pattern and Radial Balance shown here.

Art Ideas for school
Rebecca Calderon
Art Ideas for school