What Is Dynamic Symmetry?
Dynamic Symmetry means a specific form of composition—a way of building a picture or other object in good proportion so that it is pleasing to the eye. Dynamic Symmetry is the method by which the Greeks built their temples and their gods. Dynamic Symmetry means a composition of spaces or areas, one in harmony or sequence with another.
Why Haven't I Heard of Dynamic Symmetry?
Because of the 20th century Modern Art movement, classical art training was eliminated from art schools including most universities. As a result of this shift towards teaching based solely on "artistic expression" and "creativity," very few art instructors were adequately equipped to teach their students design. However, over the past 15-20 years, classical skill-based art training has resurfaced and is making a significant comeback because of the atelier movement and organizations like the Art Renewal Center and the Da Vinci Initiative.
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The Art of Composition: A Simple Application of Dynamic Symmetry
For all artists and photographers new to Dynamic Symmetry, I highly recommend reading Michel Jacobs' book The Art of Composition: A Simple Application of Dynamic Symmetry. This book is easy to understand and will lay the foundation for all future studies. Click below to download a PDF copy of this book.
Painting above by Michel Jacobs demonstrating the simple application of Dynamic Symmetry