Designing with Materials By: mustafa mattan

Element Cuts

Element Cuts Vocabulary

Asymmetry

A lack of equality or equivalence between parts or aspects of something.

Balance

The way in which the elements in visual arts are arranged to create a feeling of equilibrium in an artwork. The three types of balance are symmetry, asymmetry, and radial.

Collage

An artistic composition made of various materials (e.g., paper, cloth, or wood) glued on a surface.

Composition

The overall placement and organization of elements in a work of art, as well as the interrelationships between individual elements.

Elements of Design

Sensory components used to create and talk about works of art: Line, color, shape/form, texture, value, space.

Geometric Shape

Any shape or form having more mathematic than organic design. Geometric designs are typically made with straight lines or shapes from geometry.

Line

An element of art that refers to the continuous marke made on a surface by a moving point. In visual art, a delineation or fracturing of space in color or black and white. Line qualities can vary in width, length, gesture, color, direction, etc.

Negative Space

Shapes or spaces that are or represent the area unoccupied by objects.

Positive Space

Shapes or spaces in an image that represent solid objects or forms.

Principles of Design

A design concept describingthe ways in which the elements of an image are arranged (ie. balance, contrast, dominance, emphasis, movement, repitition, rhythm, variatition, unity)

Shape

A two-dimensional area or plane that may be open or closed, free form or geometric. It can be found in nature or created by humans.

Space

The area between, around, above, below, or contained within objects. Spaces are areas defined by the shapes and forms around them and within them, just as shapes and forms are defined by the space around and within them.

Symmetry

A balance of parts on opposite sides of a perceived midline, giving the appearance of equal visual weight.

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