Rhythm & Pattern in

Visual Art & Music


Pattern: A repeating pattern, no matter how simple or complex, can also create rhythm in an art piece. The "beat" of the repeating shapes, colors, and lines (and other Elements, as well) of a pattern help the viewer's eye travel through the composition, giving a "flow" and "rhythm" to the art piece. In the example below, your eye follows the stars and arrows from left to right and back again, helping you feel the rhythm of the design.

Repetition: Repeating shapes don't have to be in an exact pattern in order to give an artwork a sense of rhythm. Similar shapes, or even exact shapes repeating in a random order, can also create rhythm and movement in a piece. In the example below, the irregular triangular shapes fill the composition, making the composition appear to have rhythm and movement.

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