Research Point: The Golden Mean
Research the Golden Mean (also known as the Golden Ratio or Golden Section) and its application to artistic composition. Don’t get bogged down in the maths of this. Essentially the Golden Mean is a proportion in which a straight line or rectangle is divided into two unequal parts in such a way that the ratio of the smaller to the greater part is the same as the ratio of the greater part to the whole.
Creating the Golden Ratio video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eTw5lKKzmk#
(Apologies for the music and advert – that’s YouTube for you!)
Examples of the Golden Mean may be found regularly in nature:
Find out also about the rule of thirds in landscape. Renaissance artists realised that placing the main subject in the centre of a composition often led to unsatisfactory results. It’s possible to get a more balanced composition by splitting the canvas into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, and placing the main subject on one of these lines or at the intersection point of any two lines…
... Another way of thinking about this is to plan your landscape in terms of foreground, middle ground and background.
Look on the internet and find some examples of landscape paintings that exemplify these compositional principles.