Movement and Rhythm

Movement and Rhythm in Art

Movement and Rhythm-

Definition: Movement- Showing action and excitement in your art by directing the viewers eyes around the picture plane.

Rhythm- A type of movement in art created by the repetition of shapes, colors and the alternation of lights and darks.

Color provides movement by moving your eyes from place to place systematically in a picture plane. Shapes create movement by leading your eyes from smaller to larger areas, light moves your eye with the change in lights to darks and the differences in colors created. Lines create movement by directing us and it creates drama through where it goes in the art.

This sculpture is the dancing Shiva.


In education movement and rhythm is used in art for students to learn how to convey motion. It is used societally by art and sculptures in the world that include movement that can convey feelings and actions causing others to feel what the artist intends through the art. In history Aesthetics is a branch of philosopy dealing with the nature of art, beauty and taste, with the creation and appreciation of beauty. It is more scientifically defined as the study of sensory or sensori-emotional values, sometimes called judgements of sentiment and taste. More broadly, scholars in the field define aesthetics as "critical reflection on art, culture and nature."