Arts To Focusing Joy Principles

Principles of Artmaking

To create strong art and find your inner artist's voice, clarity of differences is helpful

The principle of differences is the main principle in artmaking. It works for abstract, semi-abstract and representational art. The eye wants to move around. It goes where the contrast is. Differences make art exciting. They create aliveness

The body sense responds to artistic differences. It gives information how it is to be with them. The body sense can integrate and synthesize differences in the arts and differences in responding to the arts. It informs about the whole of it and the More of aliveness that is emerging from the differences you create

Principles of Artmaking: Creating Differences

Differences are created through design (arrangement of shapes on the surface), value (lightness and darkness of shape areas) and color (intensity of color contrasts)


There are two types of contrasts: High contrast conversation (strong differences) and quiet contrast conversation (suptile differences). To create clarity in differences, both kinds of conversation have to be balanced out in all categories of differences


Categories of Differences

  • Design differences: Size, score and place of shapes on the surface
  • Value differences: scale of lightness and darkness of color tones
  • Color differences: Value, saturation/desaturation (purity of color) and harmony (color connection/'color family')

Principles Of Sensual Design 

Experiential arts engagement can benefit from principles of Sensual Design developed by Prof. Franz Rudolf Knubel, Department of Design and Art Education, University of Duisburg-Essen GER (University Curriculum 'The Four Seasons')

Principles of Sensual Design: Left and Right Brain Activities

The four principles of Sensual Design refer to right and left hemisphere activities of the brain:

  • interoception (inner sensations of the body)
  • exteroception (perceiving stimuli through the five external senses)
  • proprioception (perceiving location, movement, and action of parts of the body)


Sensual Design Principles corresponding to right hemisphere activities

1. Experiencing: Experimenting, observing, felt experiencing

2. Intuition: Spontaneous perception and re-experiencing


Sensual Design Principles corresponding to left hemisphere activities

3. Logic: Questioning, getting the essence of perception and reflection, prioritizing, defining sequences

4. Realization: Initiating, generating, developing, transfering and putting into final result

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