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What is good design?

Good design and fine works of art by skilled fine artists and sculptors are intentional and refined. Good visual design mirrors the rhythms in music and even the well written verse.  Visually speaking, a wide variety of elements are employed by the skilled artist.  These design secrets were once thought of as divine rules, not to be shared.  The  theories evolved from studio to studio, magnified during the peak of the Renaissance.  

The Greek Vase is an extraordinary example of an intentional architected design which generate a predictable form  with visual appeal. The artist has deliberately arranged every angle and direction, color and shape to control your eye and generate a strong visual experience. 

Examples of Design Elements

Words like Dynamic Symmetry, The Golden Section and the Phi ratio are discussed by scholars, however their skillful utility requires years of training by those fortunate enough to have a link to the fine ataliers where instructors share the secrets of their craftsmanship. The use of these foundational elements were refined in the Renaissance. The Arts have indeed suffered greatly over the past 100 years, due to the loss of foundational fine art training and apprenticeships.

How are design elements employed?

The Design theories referenced on this page are successfully combined by the very skilled artist in such a manner that they are apparent to virtually no one but the very well trained eye.  The Artist assembles shapes, light and color in an extremely orchestrated manner, albeit ever so accidental in appearance.

The New Renaissance

There is an exciting movement upon us, where students and educators have work diligently to rediscover that which creates good art.  Fine Art Training has been reborn as artists of all forms, are once again creating well designed Fine Art.