The focal point in an art work—where
your eye goes first—provides the piece
2 Winslow Homer’s painting Artists Sketching in the White Mountains is an example of emphasis (the
which is achieved by the repetition of the
artists seated outside on the hill.
Ask your student to make a drawing of
their favorite outdoor game with friends.
Remind your student to provide emphasis: a real focal point that someone will
spot immediately. An example would
could be on the receiver just jumping up
for the winning catch!
Some artists naturally consider all of
these principles when they are planning
a work of art. But young artists need to be
intentional about developing these eight
principles in order to really understand
how their work can be impacted and improved. Though art styles may change
never go out of style!
Pat has been drawing and painting since
she was able to hold a crayon. Pat has a de-
gree in art education, a teaching credential,
and has taught art in Pennsylvania and
California. In addition to being the master
artist for the See the Light ART CLASS and
ART PROJECTS DVD series, Pat teaches
art and chorus at a charter elementary
school in the Los Angeles area. Pat lives in a
windy part of southern California with her
husband and two almost-grown sons.
Winslow Homer’s Artists Sketching in the White Mountains
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