In one of my famously “off topic, but circuitously related” discussions of art during Color Theory class we began discussing and brainstorming the different types of compositions. This was spawned by the college class I’m taking with Elaine Brady Smith.com. Elaine lists and provides example of the following types of composition in her class handouts:
- Cross or T
- Allover Pattern
- Square or rectangular
- X or diagonal
- S or Z
Landscape and Floral
In my searching for examples, we also encounter the Rule of Thirds. Most frequently utilized in the photography field, I contend that this is more a general rule of object placement falling under the Cross or T shaped design rather than a specific compositional layout.
Elaine has a great idea in wanting to create a collection of examples of the types of compositions all in one place. This would be a invaluable resource for for any artist, regardless of medium. As a result of this, I will be integrating a more complete discussion of the various types of compositions, (but with examples from art history, photography and graphic design), in subsequent class discussions and projects.