May's Challenge: Scale and Proportions

Updated: Jun 17, 2020

Explore Scale and Proportion in a composition using any of the elements of design.

Scale and proportions are probably the two most important principals of composition, and have the most impact on the success of our work. They can be used to imply perspective, focus, balance, lens of viewer, etc. Here is a very simple image that illustrates Scale and Proportion.

As usual, the subject of your work is up to you. For inspiration, you can look at the work of the surrealist who often played with scale and proportion. Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, and Max Ernst are good examples.

There is a lot of information about scale and proportion in art available on the internet and in art books at the library. Here is a very basic website that explains the use of proportion in composition.

I encourage you to do your own research on this vast topic BUT be mindful not to get bogged down in the rules and the do’s and the don’ts. Trust your intuition. As important as Scale and Proportion are to our work, remember there is no real right and wrong with art. If the rules are slowing you down or becoming the script for your nasty inner critic, I suggest that you spend some time just looking at art and observing how every piece of art uses scale and proportion. In fact, once you learn a little bit about it, you might even notice that scale and proportion is everywhere in our built environment and in nature!

I hope you enjoy the observation and the play.

On May 27th we met and shared our responses to this challenge. The work was thoughtful and diverse. It is shared below.

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