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5 Matching questions

  1. balance
  2. middle gray
  3. dominance
  4. figure
  5. overlapping
  1. a the dominant structure or organization of a composition in which all the elements conform to.
  2. b the equilibriium of opposing or interacting forces in a composition
  3. c The recognizable object we are depicting; the human figure, vase, or flower for example. Traditionally, it is described as a postive shape, the ground as a negative shape.
  4. d A depth cue, in which some shapes are in front of and partially hide or obscure others.
  5. e On a value scale or within a composition containing numerous values, the midpoint value found between any two given values. Middle gray is a mixture that visually represents 50% of a specific tint and 50% of a specific shade. Middle gray is considered neutral-meaning that the eye is at total rest- the cones and rods of the eye are inactive-when it looks at middle gray. Typically middle gray is made from black and white, but there are other middle mixtures that are neutral such as the middle mixtures of a complementary scale

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. Linear perspective with two vanishing points, placed on the horizon at the left and right of the object, usually off the picture plane or canvas. Vertical lines remain parallel to the picture plane.
  2. The intentional arrangement of visual elements on which artists base their work. It is often synonymous with the term composition.
  3. The quality of lightness or darkness of a line, shape, form or space without the presence of hue. It is used as a way to describe elements or as a system to organize composition. High contrast value advances, low contrast value recedes
  4. The act or process of diminishing value, by way of its recession in space, to an overall darker or lighter state.
  5. A designed unit that is repeated often enough in the total composition to make it a significant or dominant feature. Motif is similar to theme or melody in a musical composition. It is often referred to as the unit used in a pattern

5 True/False questions

  1. backgroundthe space that the subject of an artwork or the space before the subject, inhabits. Often times the actual viewpoint of the image inhabits the foreground of the image.


  2. time/motionAn arrangement of elements and systems on a 2d surface; intentional organization plane. A complete world within the frame


  3. cross-contourA line that crosses and defines the surface undulations between, or up to, the outermost edges of shapes or objects


  4. compositionthe repeating form or motif within a composition to create harmony, connect differing visual languages and the establishment of a visual syntax


  5. implied lineA shape created or suggested by the psychological connection of spaces or their edges, creating the visual appearance of a shape that does not physically exists.