Rhythm dominates the natural world and has been part of the human experience since our earliest ancestors began to recognize patterns. Unity is analogous to order and amounts to a creative way to make sense out of a natural world populated with collisions, entanglements, and black holes. Unity is comprised of various modes. This course attempts to bring them all together under one roof.
Rhythm in visual arts is traditionally taught by identifying it while it in the process of creating something. Suddenly it appears and it gets pointed out. Or an instructor coaxes the student towards enabling a rhythmical event to emerge.
Rhythm and Unity are analogous chaos and order, the underpinnings of all the visual arts.
Rhythm existed long before their was a need to identify it. Call it anything you’d like. The name is immaterial compared to its underlying benefits and affect.
Pattern with movement is the basis for how the ancient Greeks constructed the term. Rhythms can evoke complexity or simplicity. Rhythm and unity are ubiquitous and right in front of you.
The sentiment that visual rhythm is a tough cookie to convey is a commonly held sentiment in the art and design education community. It’s been tough to advocate and harder to cover its range and gamut for quite some time. That is until now. Welcome to DesignPrinciples101.com.