Learning the principles of design is fun and allows artists and designers to approach their work with a clarity that goes hand in hand with understanding not only the how of a thing but also the why. By analyzing the principles of design, we examine why certain combinations of visual phenomena are more attractive to the eye than others. Why does a design or work of art attract our attention and lure us while another leaves us flat and disinterested? To grasp and apply principles accurately is similar to a chef who knows how certain ingredients complement or contrast with each other. A good cook uses the same ingredients that we all use but somehow makes the food so much better. An artist uses the elements of art as ingredients and the principles of design as combinations of these ingredients to create truly dynamic artistic compositions.
This article is offered as a complete lesson that can be given to art students or used by casual learners. It reviews the elements of art and then discusses each of the principles of design. The lesson teaches first and then asks the reader or student to analyze and discuss works of art related to the Principle. It is suitable for middle school students to college-age students and complements art units based on the elements of art and principles of design. I have been an art teacher for over twenty-four years and use this lesson every year with my own high school students.
Lesson Plan for Principles of Design:
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Author: Bruce Black
Welcome to Life Reimagined! I am a professional artist and long time art teacher, Over twenty-two years teaching and still going! I have painted all my life and love to inspire others to reach their creative potential. I hope this blog brings you inspiration!