Eye movement refers to the way a viewer’s eye “moves” through a piece of artwork. By manipulating the placement of objects, lines, values, shapes, subjects, and so on, we can control the relative path a viewer’s eye may travel.
Movement is one of the principles of art. The principles of art should not be confused with the elements of art. The elements of art are the basic components of art. Line, shape, form, value, color, texture, and space are the elements of art. Composition mainly deals with the placement of the elements. Ironically, most of the principles of art deal with composition. Some of the principles of art include, harmony, unity, balance, proportion, movement, rhythm, and variety. In this lesson, we are dealing with eye movement.
One of the ways eye movement can be achieved in an artwork is through the use of geometric configurations. People, in general, find geometric shapes to be aesthetically pleasing. By creating geometric configuration to control eye movement in composition, you have greatly increased your chances of being successful. To learn more about eye movement through geometric configuration in artistic composition, see the video art lesson, and examples of geometric configurations, click here-> Artistic Composition, Eye Movement