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Activity: Principles of Art - Rhythm

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 worksheet, learn more about RHYTHM.

Rhythm creates an underlying beat that suggests movement or action in an artwork. Artists may use lines, shapes, color, brushstrokes, light, space and other techniques to create a visual beat and a path that they want the viewer’s eye to follow in their painting or drawing.

Download the Activity Worksheet

Rhythm is one of the principles of art that is sometimes easier to show than to describe in words, so we’ve included a lot of images in this worksheet.  You’ll also find a word search, word scramble, and crossword puzzle.


These activities were created in collaboration with the Neuberger Museum of Art Education Department and Diana Puglisi, Curator of Education, Youth & Adult Programs.