The achievement of equilibrium. Balance refers to the equal or unequal distribution or arrangement of the elements within an artwork.
Identical or nearly identical form of opposite sides of a dividing line or central axis.
without symmetry, opposite sides of a dividing line ot central axis do not match.
Achieved when parts of a form radiate from the center. Radial balance may be symmetricalm forming a perfect circle, or asymmetrical forming a spiral.
The appearence or condition of oneness. All the parts appear to belong together as part of a whole.
Provides diversity or difference in a work of art. Variety enlivins a composition and holds the viewers interest. Contrasting patterns, textures, and colors add excitement, drama, and interest to a composition.
The juxtaposition of strongly dissimilar elements. A notable difference between two things; for example, yellow and purple, light and dark, and smooth and rough.
The most important part or aspect of an artwork. Opposing sizes, shapes, and lines, contrasting colors, closer detail, and intense, bright color are all used to stress, or draw attention to, certain areas or objects in a work of art.
Neautral areas of lesser interest that keep the viewer from being distracted from the area of emphasis.
The visual suggestion of action created by the placement of the elements in an artwork. Directional forces create actual or implied "paths" for the eye to follow. When the lines, shapes, or colors are repeated or arranged into repeated patterns, they give an artwork the illusion of movement.
The intentional repititon or patterned arrangement of the elements in a work of art.
The relationship of the size of one part of a design to another or to the whole.
Refers to the size of an object in relation to an ideal or normal size, other objects, environment, or its format.