What are the principles of design?

They are the ideals that hold all good artwork together. If making art were a recipe the elements of art would be the ingredients you put in the and the principles would be the instruction how you treat the ingredients. Knowing the principles of design and understanding how to incorporate them into your work can be a fantastic way to improve and go beyond basic beginner art to extraordinary AP art!

The elements of art are: line, shape, color, space, value, texture, form.

The Principles of art are: repetition, emphasis, contrast, balance (asymmetrical, symmetrical and radial), unity, rhythm, movement and pattern.


Here is a helpful video on the principle of Balance, specifically symmetry. Watch it and enjoy!


Symmetry from Everynone on Vimeo.