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Introduction to Composition
 

Introduction to Composition

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Teach introductory art students about composition through the study of balance.

Teach introductory art students about composition through the study of balance.

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    Introduction to Composition Introduction to Composition Presentation Transcript

    • What is a Composition?• In the visual arts, composition means, “the placement or arrangement of visual elements in a work of art”• Confusing? Let’s look at the dictionary definition for help: “the act of combining parts or elements to form a whole” – Other examples: music (sounds arranged to make a song) and bread (flour, salt, butter, and other ingredients make a loaf of bread)
    • Types of Composition• Compositions may be symmetrical, asymmetrical, or radial in nature.• Let’s take a look at these different types of balance.• Now, let’s see if we can identify different types of balance in artwork.
    • Women of Tahiti by Paul Gauguin, 1891
    • Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh, 1889
    • Mask, Benin, Africa, c. 1500-1600
    • Campbell’s Soup I by Andy Warhol, 1968
    • Mexico Salvate! by Judithe Hernandez
    • Islands, North of Greenland by Lawren Harris, 1930
    • Reclining Figure by Henry Moore, 1931