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  • 1. Unity “the connecting tissue”R. Arnheim, The Power of the Center: A Study of Composition in the Visual Arts, (California Press, 1982) Max Wertheimer: Gestalt psychologist Our perceptual systems have the ability to view the “whole” over the “parts”
  • 2. Heavily ordered / predictable Is predictability good?
  • 3. Variety Our perceptual systems focus on informationally significant stimuli. Unexpected changes (novelty) grab our attention!”Tip: Too much variety can feel chaotic and lead the viewer to believe there is no discernible order.
  • 4. Ways to Achieve UnityProximityRepetitionContinuation
  • 5. Proximity(Close elements tend to be perceived as a unified group.)
  • 6. RepetitionReoccurring themes that links otherwise different items
  • 7. • Shape• Color• Texture• Value• Line• Concept!
  • 8. ContinuationSimilar to the gestalt principle of “Closure”: the mind’s tendency to continue colinear points (completing a whole)
  • 9. Continuity Unifying relationships between things, specifically other works (creating sets of things)• Narmer Palette: circa 3000 BCE • Cleopatra and Caesarion: circa 30 CE
  • 10. Break into small groups and discus one ofthe images that follows. Present yourgroup’s findings to your classmates: 1. Unifying strategies implemented by the artist 2. The artist’s use of variety to create visual interest
  • 11. Artist: Mark Tansey Group 1
  • 12. Artist: Paul Cezanne Group 2
  • 13. Artist: Ralph Ueltzhoeffer Group 3