Author: Erin Aldana

This lesson will explore symmetry as an element of composition.

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Terms to Know
  • Asymmetry

    Lack of equivalence or similarity between parts.

  • Axis

    An imaginary line that divides an object.

  • Balance

    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.

  • Dynamism

    The illusion of movement in a composition.

  • Symmetry

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