Abstract

The author has identiÞed four fundamental organizational principles common to both organic form and the creation of visual composition. The author proposes that our perceptual system has evolved to respond to these principles (perceptual primitives) due to the necessity of recognizing the diversity of organic forms on which our survival depended during our earlier evolution. The evidence shows that these four principles occur widely throughout humankindÕs aesthetic expression in different cultures, epochs, art forms and media. Applying von HumboldtÕs principle, the author proposes that these limited means provide unlimited possibilities for developing student creativity if it were taught as a coherent grammar.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1530-9282
Print ISSN
0024-094X
Pages
pp. 63-70
Launched on MUSE
2004-02-27
Open Access
No
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