Balance: an Element of Art

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Balance: an Element of Art

  1. 1. BALANC E A DESIGNPRINCIPLE
  2. 2. BALANCE• The distribution of the visual weight of objects,colours, texture and space.• A composition should be balanced and feel stable
  3. 3. BALANCE• can be FORMAL i.e. symmetrical and radial• or INFORMAL i.e. asymmetrical
  4. 4. American Gothic by Grant WoodBalance is both Formal and Symmetricali.e.The figures are similar in size and positioned equally at either side of the central axis. Small area of the light tone of the woman’s collar balances with the larger slightly more subdued tone area of the man’s shirt
  5. 5. The Great Wave by Hokusai Balance is informal and assymmetrical i.e.the size and texture of the wave (positive shape) is balanced by the similar size and contrasting texture of the negative shape (the sky)
  6. 6. The Bar at the Folies Bergereby Manet Formal balance is achieved by • position - central large figure and the smaller objects placed towards the outer edges. • shape – smaller complicated shapes Champagne bottles and the larger simple shape of the reflected figure
  7. 7. Rose WindowDurham Cathedral,Gothic ArchitectureFormal and Radial balance is achieved through all the elements being similar in size, shape, colour, value,and texture as well as being arranged around a central point
  8. 8. Persian Minia Ceramic BowlFormal Symmetrical balance is achieved through the elements: size,value,colour on one side of the design being similar to those on the opposite side
  9. 9. BALANCE• Elements of design are used separately or in combination COLOUR VALUE SHAPE SIZE TEXTURE POSITION DIRECTION LINE

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