Category Archives: Elements and Principles

Elements and principles of design

An Ocean of Books

All photos by Ossip van Duivenbode I’m a lover of books. My house contains shelf after shelf of books, some I’ve read, some I may read soon, and some I’ll probably never read but their title reminds me of something … Continue reading

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The Dog Ate My Blog Post

In my years of university teaching I heard many excuses for late work, and yes, “The dog ate my assignment,” was one of them. So here I am today, joining the ranks of those derelict students and proclaiming “The dog … Continue reading

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A Simple Line (2)

During this last week I’ve spent time reviewing the content we’ve covered in this blog. Today I want to repost an article from early 2015. I think you’ll find it useful. We all recognize a line. We read lines of … Continue reading

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Fool The Eyes: Artists Who Use Their Skills To Challenge Our Perception (Part 2)

In an earlier post we started a discussion about artists who have used their illusion-making skills to manipulate the viewer’s perception in mysterious or super convincing ways – to fool the eye and trick the mind. You can read that … Continue reading

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Fool The Eyes: Artists Who Use Their Skills To Challenge Our Perception

Artists in Western countries have a long tradition of using design elements in careful ways to create illusions. By subtly manipulating these elements they have been able to transform a mundane flat surface into what appears to be a window … Continue reading

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Artists Who Bring Design Elements/Principles Front and Center

In this weeks’ blog post let’s take a look at some artists whose use of design elements and principles have recently captured my attention The first images are by a photographer from Glasgow named John Gribben. Gribben has done commercial … Continue reading

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How To Analyze A Painting – Revisited

In two recent posts, How To Become An Art Critic (In A Few Simple Steps) Part 1 and 2, we guided you step by step through the process of evaluating a work of art. The discussion was general in nature. Today … Continue reading

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How To Become An Art Critic (In A Few Simple Steps) Part 2

In the previous post I discussed steps one and two in the process of learning how to make valid critical observations and judgements about works of art. Those steps ask you to slow down and spend some time just looking … Continue reading

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How To Become An Art Critic (In A Few Simple Steps)

I recently had breakfast at a diner with a couple of close friends who are not artists. In addition to serving delicious omelets the diner also exhibits artwork on its walls. During our breakfast conversation one of my friends asked … Continue reading

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Revisiting The Vertical Gardens of Patrick Blanc

This week’s blog post is a repeat of one of our early favorites from February, 2015. Vertical gardens are trending items in today’s corporate and public spaces. Readers who live in larger cities will have undoubtedly seen one in person. … Continue reading

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