After completed their MANDALAS inspired by BALANCE, 8th graders have moved on to the next Principle of Art - EMPHASIS. Emphasis is the focus/main idea of an art work, or what catches the viewers eye. We also discussed contrast, how it can create emphasis, and juxtaposition. Juxtaposition can be seen clearly in work by Rene' Magritte. Juxtaposition is when two items are placed near each other with contrasting effect. Rene' Magritte is known for this concept, which can be seen in his artwork examples below. Magritte was a Belgian artist who was famous for creating surrealist images that were very thought-provoking and made viewers question their perception of reality. Click the images below to enlarge.
Art 8 students were asked to create their own interpretation of either The Son of Man or The False Mirror to show their understanding of emphasis and juxtaposition.
Next week, students will focus on UNITY & VARIETY
by learning about Gustav Klimt and The Tree of Life.