Variety

Introduction:

Definition:
refers to a way of combining elements of art in involved ways to achieve intricate and complex relationships. Variety is often obtained through the use of diversity and change by artists who wish to increase the visual interest of their work. An artwork which makes use of many different hues, values, lines, textures, and shapes would reflect the artist's desire for variety. Unity is the principle which is its variety's opposite; but when there is too little variety, the result is monotony.

Photo to the left: Does this photo show a good variety? If so, how does it? How do you feel when you look at this photo?

This photo does provide variety in the sense that there is various colors portrayed along with materials and styles. Do you think more variety could have been done?
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Photo to the right:
Does this photo show a good variety? If so, how does it? How do you feel when you look at this photo?

This photo like the one above, shows many different colors. The pastels are also different sizes which help provide more variety. What else could be done to this photo to provide more variety?
(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 Variety.

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