The Principles of Design - Mayfield City School District

A Review of the Design
Digital Art 1
Drawing & Painting
Vincent Van Gogh, “The Starry Night”,
Umberto Boccioni, “Unique Forms
of Continuity in Space”, 1913
A way of combining visual elements (such as lines, shapes, forms, etc…)
to produce a sense of action, or implied motion.
It creates the look and feeling of action &
guides the viewer’s eyes through a work of art.
Jackson Pollock , “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)”,
Willem de Kooning, “Untitled XIII”,
RhythmA visual tempo or beat.
It indicates movement through the repetition of art elements.
Often described as alternating, flowing, regular, progressive ,or jazzy.
Joan Miró, “Constellation: Toward
the Rainbow”, 1941
Grant Wood , “The Midnight Ride of
Paul Revere”, 1931
ContrastA large difference between two different things.
For example; rough & smooth, or
black & white.
Georges Seurat, "A Sunday on La Grande
Frank Stella, “Gray Scramble
(Single), VIII,” 1968
BalanceThe way the art elements are arranged to create
a feeling of stability in a work. Parts of equal
visual weight.
Charles Demuth, “Red Poppies”, 1929
Sébastien Bourdon, “The Holy Family”, ca.
An area in an artwork that catches and holds the
viewer’s attention.
It makes one part of a work dominant over the other parts.
James Rosenquist, “House of Fire”, 1981
Louis Comfort Tiffany ,
Made by Tiffany Studios,
”Stained Glass Window”,
ca. 1902–15
A feeling that all of the parts in an artwork are
working together as a team; the quality of
Henri Matisse, “Panel with Mask “,
Nancy Doughty , “Quilt,
Contained Crazy pattern”,1872
Using different lines, shapes, textures, colors
and other art elements to create interest in a
work of art.
Salvador Dali, “The Dream”, 1931
Claes Oldenburg:,’"Free" Stamp’
at Cleveland City Hall, 1991
ProportionThe relation of one object to another in size,
scale, amount, number or degree.