Author: Aleisha Olson

This lesson will explore symmetry as an element of composition.

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This tutoria explores symmetry as an element of composition.

Source: Image of Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Van_Gogh_-_Starry_Night_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg; Image of Visioni Simultanee, Umberto Boccioni, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Umberto_Boccioni_-_Visioni_simultanee.jpg

Terms to Know

Lack of equivalence or similarity between parts.


An imaginary line that divides an object.


When elements of a composition carry equal weight, or create harmony. A composition can be asymmetrical and balanced at the same time.

Bilateral symmetry

When two halves of something are exactly the same.


The illusion of movement in a composition.


The quality of having exactly similar parts facing each other across an axis.