Activity: Principles of Art - Balance
The Principles of Art (balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, rhythm, and unity/variety) represent how the Elements of Art (line, shape, color, value, form, texture, and space) are used by an artist to create a painting, drawing, or other work of art.
In this NEU To Do for Kids Activity Worksheet, learn more about BALANCE and how the elements in an artwork are arranged. Discover the three primary types of balance (symmetrical, asymmetrical, and radial symmetry), recreate each type with example images, and have fun practicing words and phrases that relate to balance when creating art.
The worksheet includes a hands-on art activity + word search, word scramble, and crossword puzzle.
Download the Activity Worksheet
Check out these additional resources for more information about art and balance:
Elementary Art: Balance and Symmetry
by Learners Online
Principles of Design: Balance
by Kid Courses
How the Principle of Balance works in art and design (YouTube video)
by John Gullick
Principle of Balance in Art (YouTube video for elementary students)
by Emily Shane
These activities were created in collaboration with the Neuberger Museum of Art Education Department and Diana Puglisi, Curator of Education, Youth & Adult Programs.