Unity/Harmony

Introduction:

Definition of Unity:
occurs when all of the elements of a piece combine to make a balanced, harmonious, complete whole. Unity is another of those hard-to-describe art terms but, when it's present, your eye and brain are pleased to see it.


Definition of Harmony: brings together a composition with similar units.  If your composition was using wavy lines and organic shapes you would stay with those types of lines and not put in just one geometric shape. (Notice how similar Harmony is to Unity)

Photo to the left: Do you feel as though this photo shows unity, harmony, or both? Why do you think so?

Most likely you had problems figuring out which one or if both. When looking at unity and harmony there is no clear answer to whether art achieves them other than you feel as though the piece is visually appealing. Does this photo achieve that? If so, why does it?
(Photo provided by photos8)


Photo to the right: What about this photo...is it unified or harmonious?

The one thing that makes this photo appealing to the eye is the colors. It's what we call a monochromatic scheme (different values of one color). The color is also blue, which is a cool color and cool colors are known for being relaxing. Based on this can we conclude that this photo is unified or harmonious? If so, why can we?
                                                                                                                     (Photo provided by photos8)



Art Talk Portion:
Listen to the following Podcast on Emphasis. Use the (blue) Art Talk book while the audio reads along in the chapter about Unity.

Click here to listen to the podcast on Unity

Listen to the following Podcast on Emphasis. Use the (blue) Art Talk book while the audio reads along in the chapter about Harmony.

Click here to listen to the podcast on Harmony


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