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Art, Design, and Visual Thinking

Art, Design, and Visual Thinking

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Elements and principles of design The elements and principles of design are the building blocks used to create a work of art. The elements of design can be thought of as the things that make up a painting, drawing, design etc. Good or bad - all paintings will contain most of if not all, the seven elements of design. The Principles of design can be thought of as what we do to the elements of design. How we apply the Principles of design determines how successful we are in creating a work of art. colour - elements and principles of design The 12 part colour wheel below is based on the three primary colours ( Red, Yellow and Blue ) placed evenly around a circle. Between the three primaries are the secondary colours (Green, Orange and Violet) which are mixtures of the two primaries they sit between. The tertiary colours fall between each primary and secondary. Between yellow and orange, for example, is yellow orange, between blue and violet is blue violet and so on.

Design Basics/Unity Design Basics Unity resource material: Design Basics by David A. Lauer and Stephen Pentak pp. 18-38 Launching the Imagination:Two Dimensional Design by Mary Stewart pp. 3-0 - 3-7 Unity examples REPETITION: - element repeats itself in various parts of the design to relate parts to each other - Design in Art: Emphasis, Variety and Unity Tutorial What is emphasis? What is subordination? And how do they relate to each other and the composition? Emphasis is defined as an area or object within the artwork that draws attention and becomes a focal point. Subordination is defined as minimizing or toning down other compositional elements in order to bring attention to the focal point. Focal point refers to an area in the composition that has the most significance, an area that the artist wants to draw attention to as the most important aspect.

The Lost Principles of Design In the instant age that design has evolved into recently many of us often stray away from the basics. If you had a professor in college who taught you the fundamentals of design these may be engrained into your head. For the self-taught, you may have a book on your desk with these very principles. However, the more and more people that flood the internet for design content need to learn the basics before trying to make a stellar gradient in Photoshop. Design in Art: Scale and Proportion Tutorial Scale in art An artwork has a physical size; when referring to an artwork's size, we use the term scale. Scale is more than simply the object's size, however. It is the size of the art object in relation to another object. The relative size of the artwork is always compared to the size of the human body-- life-sized, miniature, enormous --are all terms that use the human body as a size reference.

Magic Square, geometric painting with genetic rationale Principles of Nature: towards a new visual language © copyright 1995-2004 Wayne Roberts. All rights reserved. The artwork reproduced here is from my book (W. Roberts, 2003), edited and reformatted for the web and with some additional commentary and an interactive Flash animation to assist in communicating the method of composition. Magic Square

Art Elements: Composition The Composition Composition is an intuitive act: how artists work with their judgment, make associations, and determine how to direct the observer’s eye. It’s in the “compositional” stage that they determine how the lines will lead to important areas, whether the shapes will be large enough to hold the viewer’s attention, and how the colors will lead the eye off to another part of the work. Just as artists work with their intuition to compose a work of art, so we the viewers can “intuit” their methods. Some important Intuitive Elements of Form to look for are Rhythm, Balance and Unity.

Showing Movement in Artwork The curriculum in my district is based upon the Elements and Principles of Design. In 3rd Grade, we ended the year with the art principle of Movement. Students were graded upon their ability to “Show Movement in Artwork.” Death of the game design document Jagex's James Sweatman on why central design documents don't always work, and the alternatives available It has been called many things over the years – GDD, Design Bible, Game Overview Document. Regardless of title, they all describe one thing; the living design document for a video game. The GDD has been a pillar of design direction for decades, providing countless developers and artists a singular vision for a game.

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