3 Tutorials that teach Composition
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Author: Erin Aldana

This lesson will present the basic aspects of composition.

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Allegory of the Oubreak of War; Public Domain: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Los_horrores_de_la_guerra.jpg , School of Athens; Public Domain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sanzio_01.jpg, Burial of Phocion, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Burial_of_Phocion.jpg

  • Picture Plane

    The invisible plane that corresponds to the surface of the painting, the picture plane is like a window opening out onto another world.

  • Foreground

    The part of the painting closest to the picture plane, usually corresponding to the bottom of the composition.

  • Middle Ground

    The part of the composition between the foreground and the background.

  • Background

    The most distant part of the composition from the picture plane, it is usually shown higher, smaller, and more hazy than the foreground.