- Repeated Shapes, Colors, etc.
- Geometric Shape to Isolate a Focal Point
- Subliminally Repeated Patterns (e.g. hatch marks and stripes)
- Continuous Line to Unify Sides of a Composition or Foreground and Background
- Extended Lines (from the edges of objects)
- Repeated Motif to Create Movement
- A Motif Extrapolated from a Pattern (e.g. a square "pulled out" of a plaid pattern)
- Insets (pictures within pictures--sometimes 1, but often in a series of 3)
- Echo Lines (like concentric ripples when a pebble is dropped in water)
- Halos (to separate two areas that would otherwise merge, e.g. an object against a ground of the same color)
- Text in the Ground (handwriting, print, stenciled letters)
- Stylized View of an Object from an Unexpected Perspective to Create a Repeating Motif
- Object Repeated as a Modeled Drawing, Contour Drawing and Silhouette
The competition was simple: with the poster image concealed, I told the class that after we reviewed the Compositional Strategies, I was going to reveal an image that makes obvious use of one of the strategies in particular. I explained that the first person to yell out the correct one and wave his or her hand would win the sketchbook.
The competition was intense, but Troy J. won by identifying "Geometric Shape to Isolate a Focal Point" because of the window around the woman's eye.
Extension: Analyze and interpret the image. Perhaps the meaning of the image is related to the notion that the eyes are the "windows of the soul."