# BALANCE - Henry County School District

BALANCE A Principle of Art Bell Ringer 2/2/2015 What is Balance?

Bell Ringer 2/3/2015 Turn your worksheet in to the box on Mrs. Browns desk. (NO Name NO Credit). What is Origami?

Bell Ringer 2/4/2015 What are the 3 Types of Balance? Bell Ringer

2/5/2015 What is a relief sculpture? Bell Ringer 2/6/2015

In order to make your project radial what must you do? (Besides put stuff in a circle?) Bell Ringer What type of balance is seen in

this image? Taj Mahal, India 2/9/2015 Bell Ringer

2/10/2015 What type of balance is seen in this image? Jimson Weed,

Georgia Bell Ringer 2/11/2015 What type of asymmetrical

balance is seen in this image? The Melancholy and Mystery on the Street, De Chirico Bell Ringer

2/12/2015 What type of balance is seen in this image? SKETCHBOOK CHECK TOMORROW!!!

M.C. Escher Cushion Fold Diamond Squash Triangle Squash Kite Fold

Fat Arrow Fold Fancy Diamond Fold BALANCE The Principle of Art concerned with equalizing visual forces, or Elements

in a work of art. In Art. To see if two objects are of equal weight (or balanced), a balance scale can be used. In Art, balance must be seen rather than weighed.

In Art. A Central Axis is a dividing line that works like the point of balance in the balance scale. In Art. A Central Axis can also be a

horizontal axis. In this case, the visual weight is balanced between top and bottom. Balance can occur with all Elements of Design: LINE

SHAPE FORM COLOR SPACE

VALUE TEXTURE 1. Symmetrical (Formal Balance) 2. Radial Balance (Formal Balance)

3. Asymmetrical (Informal Balance) Occurs when Elements are placed on opposite sides of the central axis creating and equal or almost equal balance.

Symmetry: A special type of balance in which two halves of a balanced composition are identical, mirror images of each

other. Seated Scribe, Egypt Approximate Symmetry Balance Approximate Symmetry: Creates

more interest. The composition is almost symmetrical. There are minor changes from one side to the other. Diego Rivera, Flower Day, 1925

Symmetrical or Approx. Symmetry? United States Capitol Washington D.C. begun 1792, completed 1830 Symmetrical or Approx.

Symmetry? The Last Supper. Leonardo da Vinci (1495) Occur when the forces or Elements of a Design come out (radiate) from

a central point. The axis in a radial design is the center point. Radial balance is frequently found in nature (flowers) & architecture

(domes). Radial Balance M.C. Escher Occurs when there is a balance of unlike objects (or Elements).

Informal Balance is referred to as Asymmetrical. Can be achieved through:

Size & Detail Color Value Texture

Position Several smaller shapes or forms can balance out one large shape. Joan Miro

Landscape (The Hare) Autumn 1927 Oil on Canvas 51 x 76 3/8 Guggenheim Museum Likewise, a small, complex object

can balance out a large, simple object. Viewers eyes are naturally drawn to the areas of bright color.

Therefore, a small area of bright color is able to balance a larger area of dull, neutral color. David Alfaro Siqueiros Echo of a Scream 1937 Enamel on wood

48 x 36 Musuem of Modern Art The stronger the contrast in Value between an object and the background the more visual

weight the object has. Dark values appear heavier than light values. Emily Carr A Rushing Sea of Undergrowth 1932-35. Oil on Canvas

44 x 27 1/8 Vancouver Art Gallery A small, rough textured area can balance a large, smooth surface.

Hokusai The Great Wave of Kanagawa 1829-1832 Woodblock Color print 10.1 x 14.9 Various copies located around the world. Text can also fall

under texture because of the irregular pattern of light and dark created by the printed words. Adjusting the

position of objects can also create a balanced work. For example two children of unequal weight playing on a seesaw. If the heavier person

moves toward the center; the lighter person moves toward the end. The board is then balanced. Asymmetrical Balance

Andrew Wyeth Christinas World 1948 Museum of Modern Art How is this piece balanced asymmetrically?

Wassily Kandinsky Composition 8 July 1923 Oil on Canvas 55 1/8 x 79 1/8 Guggenheim Museum.

REVIEW What type of Balance do you see? What kind of balance is illustrated in this painting Oriental Poppies, by Georgia OKeefe? If you said symmetrical balance, you are

correct! If you could visually divide the paper in half. There would be a poppy on both sides. No one side dominates the pictures. Neither poppy appears to be more important than the other. What type of balance is shown in this painting, Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the

Painter's Mother (commonly known as Whistlers Mother), by James Whistler? If you said, asymmetrical balance, you were right! The large form of the woman is visually equal" to the black curtain and white painting on the wall.

This makes the painting appear balanced. What type of balance is shown in this stained glass artwork, Rose Window? Radial Balance! Look at the spiral or spinning effect of the pattern.

The axis is the center point and the design or pattern appears to "radiate" from that point.

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