Composition Principles for Visual Arts
General Event Information
Sound compositional practices are essential for all visual artists, yet many struggle to recognize and objectively analyze the myriads of possibilities afforded to them. From passive or active framing, the role of lines, perspective, vantage points, leveled or sharpened images, balance, economy, rhythm or unity. Emphasis in a visual image can be achieved through contrast, color, isolation, and placement or centering to name but a few, including flatness or the dislocation of planes. The role of color does play an essential part of compositional techniques, but the psychology and balance of colors can often be ignored through assumption rather than knowledge and technique. These factors will affect the intrinsic value of any visual imagery, including the subconsciously acquired knowledge of these compositional rules that will make the difference between a good visual image and an exceptional one. This 3 week intensive workshop will use extensive PowerPoint presentations and discussions on the possibilities and application of compositional techniques. Sample images are included in these presentations in order to convey a visual message that reinforces each principle. This workshop is applicable to artists at all levels and was created for a Fine Art Master’s level of instruction, but with a view to simplify these principles in simple terms. Although based on the photography medium, these compositional principles are applicable to all visual artists, photographers, painters, mixed media artists and so on. All attendees are highly encouraged to bring samples of their work in jpg format on a USB drive in order to explore these principles and gentle individual critiques.