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Composition Clarified


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All function aside, it is time that elements and principles of visual composition were examined with the thoroughness they deserve. That's right, the visual art texts are wrong on account of being conflicting, superficial and subjectively experienced based! For ages, humanity has sought to understand both the natural world and the world conjured by the human spirit itself. The study of art and design furthers this endeavour but never to the extent that subjectivity or relativity are tamed or restrained enough to allow the true nature of our innate compositional aptitude to shine through. This workshop presents the elements and principles of composition in an orderly and complete manner that reveals their breathtaking relationship to one another. The groupings, categorization and structures of these fundamental components of design reveal relationships that have been flippantly ignored in typical art and design glossaries. Participants are invited to experience the ordering/defining process and to image the fundamental structures with which we, as a visionary species, envision our reality.

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Composition, Elements and Principles, Art and Design.
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James Hrkach
Renfrew County Board of Education, Ontario, Canada

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All function aside, it is time that elements and principles of visual composition were examined with the thoroughness they deserve. That's right, the visual art texts are wrong on account of being conflicting, superficial and subjectively experienced based! For ages, humanity has sought to understand both the natural world and the world conjured by the human spirit itself. The study of art and design furthers this endeavour but never to the extent that subjectivity or relativity are tamed or restrained enough to allow the true nature of our innate compositional aptitude to shine through. This workshop presents the elements and principles of composition in an orderly and complete manner that reveals their breathtaking relationship to one another. The groupings, categorization and structures of these fundamental components of design reveal relationships that have been flippantly ignored in typical art and design glossaries. Participants are invited to experience the ordering/defining process and to image the fundamental structures with which we, as a visionary species, envision our reality.

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Composition, Elements and Principles, Art and Design.