Design and Composition

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Lessons and Examples

Art Achievement Standard Challenges

Design or Composition Principles

Design Concept:  Achieve "Pattern"

Positive and Negative Design
(Figure and field.)


Turn 2 Dimensional forms 
into 3 Dimensional forms

Perspective using vanishing points

Design Ideas
Imagination and Fantasy 
 Skills - Tools in Art Production: Lists of Art Skills
Principles of Composition,
Elements of Design
3 Creative Tasks in the Creative Process
Cropping: Finding a Picture inside a Picture
Detail, The Little Things that Make Art Interesting
Primary Breakup - Visual Picture Content
Looking and Responding to Art
Evaluating Art Quality
Independent Art Guidelines
Narrative Art Pictures that tell stories
Sketch book Assignments
Self Rating Your Own Skills
Art Appreciation Responding to Art
Images of Flowers
 Samples of Still Life


VISUAL ELEMENTS Line, Direction, Weight, Form or Shape, Color, Texture, Size, Space, Light, Tone Line edges all forms and shapes, may occur alone; produces movements and textures Direction indicates the direction and manner lines moveWeight the heaviness or thickness of a line from delicate to massiveForm defines an object or shape. Form may denote ""mass"" a 3d form. Color Defines any Hue, colors we name, primary, secondary tints, etc. Texture defines both natural patterns of line or tactile roughness or smoothnessas well as patterns created by drawing or painting tools Size is the reference to the amount of space occupied by an element. Space the area occupied by the elements 2dimension or 3 dimensional. 2Dimensional Space has the appearance of flatnes; 3Dimensional has the appearance of depth of perspective or modeling of form to appear to have mass.Light defined as illumination from a light source will influence modeling and cast shadows. Tone Tonality or Value; is any effect of shadow, values, dark, light, or shading. All colors also has relative tone.

DESIGN ELEMENTS:Movement (direction) , Rhythm, Repetition, Contrast, Variety, Unity, Emphasis, Tension, Similarity. Movements the directions the line or edges move through a space. Rhythm are the effect of repeated similar line movements or similar shapes. Repetition refers to repeating any element, see above list. Contrast differences found comparing any single element. Such as contrast of
"colors" red contrasts with black.... texture: rough contrasts with smooth. Variety expresses numbers or differences, different kinds of elements or content. Unity expresses the appearance of oneness or harmony that every design requires. Emphasis is the effect of bringing some parts out or making prominent or dominant. Integration is when parts appear to fit together and have a sense of oneness.Tension results when elements do not fit harmoniously; but cause opposition or dissonance. Tension happens when line movement paths crash into another path Similarity of elements is the main method of making the composition harmonize.Harmony is the feeling of apparent correctness of having parts appear to belong together and to work together visually in a pleasant way. There is sufficient variety to cause the forms to be interesting and not boring but not so same and unvaried as to become boring.

2 Aims of Design:
Variety in UnityForm Follows Function

Updated 02-02-2023


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Map Art Class 7
Map Art Class 8
Map Art S1 Draw
Map Art S2 Color
Grad Standards Art
Art-Smart Know things
Turn 2d to 3d
Drawing Warm ups
Art Skills Map for Teachers
Ideas that follow Themes
General Info if You're new
Wheaton HS Pinkmeister  Homepage
New Art Students
Art Skills, Skills for Art Proficiency
Basics of Composition
Art Work by Wheaton Students
Art Lessons, 2dto3d, 
3 Challenges of The Creative Process
Art Class,  Independent Advanced Art Guides 
Art?? Why Art in School
Pinkmeister's Art Links
Beginning A Picture, Checklist
Class 7, design, " breakup"
Easy Clay Projects
Additional Clay Designs slab and coil
 Painting and Color  Assignments
Basics of Composition
More about Composition
Organization in Art

Cropping, finding a Picture Inside a Picture
Index of Design Lessons
 Detail:  Small Items of Interest in your Pictures 
 Discovery &  Invention things which enhance creativity
  Drawing Assignments, 
Fantasy & Imagination, Exercises 
Judging  Good Art?
Pinkmeister's Art Ideas Concepts & Aids to Creativity
Developing Ideas for Art
Picture Analysis
Idea Development in Art
Picture Analysis How to look at Art 
Art Class, Themes Styles
Students at Work or - -
Art Class 7, 8 Assignments
Learning to Look at Art, Part one
Learning to Look at Art, Part Two
Pinkmeister's Art Links to some Great Art on Net