This learning pathway explores artistic principles: the means by which the elements in a work of art are arranged and orchestrated.

Topics for this learning pathway are:

  • Visual balance
  • Repetition
  • Scale and proportion
  • Emphasis
  • Time and motion
  • Unity and variety



Upon successful completion of this learning pathway, you should be able to:

  • Define and describe the artistic principles.
  • Translate a realistic artwork into an abstract composition.
  • Discuss compositional constructs and their effectiveness in the artistic process.
  • Using the language of artistic principles, compare and contrast artworks from disparate cultures.