In this lesson, we will study an important principle of design (art)—center of interest or emphasis. The center of interest is where we first look when viewing a picture or work of art. First, we’ll look at master artists, and see how they use this principle of design in their artwork. Then we’ll apply this principle to create a center of interest in our own pictures. In Project 1, we’ll draw some frogs with the center of interest in the forground. In Project 2, we’ll draw a cartoon frog and have some fun with center of interest. In Project 3, we’ll apply that design principle to make a 3D frog caller—Ribbit! Ribbit!

Element of Art:
Center of Interest

Art Appreciation:
George Caleb Bingham
John William Waterhouse

3D Media

Have artwork of your own to share from this lesson?

It’s simple to share! Take a picture, upload it to a photo sharing site (like Flickr), then post a link in the comments below.

We can’t wait to see your creativity!