• The Principles of Design 

    These principles help artists (student and professional!) "put it all together".  The principles make up the composition or visual design in a work of art, allowing an artist to organize their artwork to make it more visually appealing. The principles help artists (student and professional!) "put it all together".   Let's look at each principle below.

    Balance-Symmetrical and asymmetrical balance.  Also known as formal and informal balance.  In addition, we often use radial balance in art.

    Contrast-Value contrast, color intensity, texture, shape, and warm and cool color contrast.

    Emphasis-Color dominance, focal areas, and visual emphasis with shapes.

    Movement- Linear movement, visual movement with lines and shapes, value, and perspective.

    Pattern-Planned or random repetitions of colors, shapes, and lines to create patterns.

    Rhythm-Regular, irregular, and progressive rhythms, repetition of colors, shapes, and lines to create rhythm.

    Unity- Line, color, texture, shapes, and value are used to create unity.