By: Elizabeth, Jessica, Jessica, & Lane


Contrast is a principle of art. Art experts refer to the arrangement of opposite elements in a piece to create visual interest, excitement, and drama. The colors white and black provide the greatest degree of contrast. Some different types of contrast are shape, line, size, color saturation, warm-cool color, texture, value, and simultaneous contrast. We go in to detail in a few of these contrasts.


Contrast Theory

A contrast theory is any theory that tries to explain through principals and examples how objects simultaneously stand apart and interact with each other as opposite/complementary factors in a larger whole.

Color Saturation Contrast

This shows a stark difference between highly saturated colors (pure hue) and desaturated colors (those dulled by neutralizing with the complementary color)

This difference in saturation, or color brightness, adds visual interest and emphasis