Composition and Content in the Visual Arts
While not every painting tells a story, those that do must find a way to convey a narrative—events that happen in time—in just one, static image. How do artists create a story that provides a message or provokes emotions in that single frame? This lesson will help students analyze ways in which the composition of a painting contributes to telling the story or conveying the message through the placement of objects and images within the painting.
How does the composition of an artwork help convey a particular story and/or message?
Identify different kinds of narratives used in a number of art works
Discuss the artist’s use of compositional elements to further the story and/or convey a message within a work of art
Explain the relationship between composition and content in a number of works of art