Launchpad: Composition in Painting (Teacher)

Composition in Painting: Everything in its right place

Lesson OneLesson Two | Lesson ThreeLesson Four

 

Lesson One - Shaping the View: Composition Basics

1. Compose a Visual Symphony: Three sides to many stories

Annibale Carracci’s 1590 painting, Two Children Teasing a Cat

Emmanuel Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware

2.  Compose a Visual Symphony: Variety of Visions

George Catlin’s Ojibbeway Indians in Paris

George Catlin’s Snow Shoe Dance- Ojibbeway

Vittore Carpaccio’s The Flight into Egypt

3. Compose a Visual Symphony: Pulling towards the Center

Cima da Conegliano’s Madonna and Child with Saint Jerome and Saint John the Baptist

Sandro Botticelli’s Adoration of the Magi

Jacques-Louis David’s The Death of Socrates

 


Lesson Two - Shaping the View: Symmetry and Balance

1. Mirror, Mirror: Symmetry in Painting

Bergognone’s The Assumption of the Virgin

Thomas Hart Benton’s Trail Riders

Hendrick Avercamp’s Scene with a Tower to the Left

2. Balancing Acts

Cima de Conegliano’s Madonna and Child with Saint Jerome and Saint John the Baptist

Hendrick Avercamp’s Scene with a Tower to the Left

 


Lesson Three - Repeat After Me: Repetition in the Visual Arts

1. Practice Makes Perfect? Introducing Repetition in Composition

Claude Monet’s Palazzo del Mula Venice

Thomas Eakins’ The Champion Single Sculls

2.  Repetition and the Use of Color

William H. Johnson’s Harlem Street

William S. Schwartz’s Mining in Illinois

Alan Rohan Crite’s School’s Out

3.  Working together: Form and Color

George Bellows’ New York

John Biggers’ Shotgun, Third Ward #1

 


Lesson Four - Follow the Leader: Line in the Visual Arts

1. Lining Up

Grant Woods’ Haying

Saul Berman’s River Front

2. In the Line of Sight

William Clarke Rice’s October

Frederick J. Waugh’s The Knight of the Holy Grail

3. What Kind of Lines?

Jacques-Louis David’s The Emperor Napoleon in his Study at the Tuileries

Hans Baldung Grien’s Man of Sorrows

Henry Fuseli’s Oedipus Cursing his Son, Polynices