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BALANCE

E l e m e n t s
Color | Value | Line | Texture | Shape | Form | Space

P r i n c i p a l s
Balance | Emphasis | Harmony | Variety | Gradation
 
Movement | Rhythm | Proportion

Balance
Balance refers to the feeling of equilibrium or stability of a work of art.

There are three types of balances: symmetrical, asymmetrical and radial.

Symmetrical Balance
Symmetrical balance is easy to see. It is when two halves of a work are identical or very similar.

Asymmetrical Balance
Asymmetrical balance takes into account of qualities such as hue, intensity, value, size and shape.   The qualities have an effect on the 'weight' of objects in a work of art.

For example, look at the two boxes on the right.   In the upper box, you could see that it is possible to balance a large green shape at one side of a picture with a similar large green shape at the other side.   

However, in the lower box, a smaller darker shape could balances the picture also.   You would feel that it is balanced, even though the two halves of the piece are not identical or similar.

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Symmetrical Balance

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Asymmetrical Balance

Radial balance
Refers to balance within a circular shape or object.

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E l e m e n t s
Color | Value | Line | Texture | Shape | Form | Space

P r i n c i p a l s
Balance | Emphasis | Harmony | Variety | Gradation
 
Movement | Rhythm | Proportion

T e r m s
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