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Art

chapter 3 vocab

TermDefinition
composition organizing visual elements to give desired aesthetic in a work
unity oneness or wholeness of a work of art
conceptual unity unity that is achieved through relationship meaning and function of image
balance distribution of weight, mass contrast with pictoral balance
pictorial balance distribution of apparent or visual weight of elements in 2d works of art
symmetry same of both sides of a dividing line
symmetrical balance where it feels like there is the same amount of stuff on both sides
asymmetrical balance where it doesn't look the same on both sides but there is a same amount of stuff on each side where it looks balanced
horizontal balance balance in which elements on left and right side seem to be balanced
vertical balance balance in which elements on top and bottom seem to be balanced
diagonal balance balance in which elements are balanced along a diagonal plane
radial balance balance in which elements radiate from a center point
imbalance balance where there is no balance
emphasis focuses viewers attention on one or more parts of the art work
focal point specific point in the art work the artist wants you to focus on
regular repetition systemic repetition of the visual elements in a work to create rhythm
rhythm orderly repetition of visual elements in art
scale relative size of an object compared to other objects
hierarchical scaling use of relative size to indicate comparative importance of the depicted objects or people
proportion relationship in size of parts of body, building or object in work of art
canon of proportion set of rules governing what is considered perfect proportions of human body
golden mean principle that small part of a work of art should relate to the larger parts of the piece
golden rectangle rectangle based on golden mean and constructed so that its width is 1.618 times its height.
Created by: Will34158