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June 2002

A Brush With Wildlife: Create a Composition With Carl Rungius
Interactive art lessons
GRADE LEVEL: 6-8, 9-12, Advanced

This site offers visitors lessons in composition and an opportunity to create an artistic composition of their own.
Color and balance are used to make the site appealing. Flash Player is required for the animations, and the Composition Studio works best in Internet Explorer.
A navigation menu appears on the main page, and internal pages link back to the home page.
A Brush With Wildlife uses the art of Carl Rungius (1869-1959), considered to be one of the country's finest wildlife artists, to illustrate the concepts and principles involved in creating a visual composition. This art lesson covers the concepts of balance, contrast, movement, pattern/repetition, and proportion with animated designs and artistic illustrations. Users are invited to create their own work while learning the seven principles of composition by choosing the elements from Rungius's works to include. The compositions can then be saved and submitted to the Critique Gallery to be published and reviewed.

Review by Hazel Jobe
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