How To Improve Your Artistic Composition?

The 12 ultimate tips for composition in art

From the Golden Ratio to implied lines, Dan Dos Santos shows you his favorite tricks for creating strong compositions.

A strong composition is crucial to a successful piece of art. It’s what attracts a viewer’s eye, and what holds their attention once they take a closer look.

It can mean the difference between an action-packed piece of art and a solemn, contemplative one. But how do you make a composition convey the mood you want, and what is it that makes a composition successful?

There are a many long-standing rules regarding what makes a good composition, such as the Golden Ratio, the Golden Spiral and the Rule of Thirds. But in my opinion they aren’t really rules at all.

Think of them as suggestions or better yet, as optional templates. Traditional methods like these are just one answer to a problem which has an infinite number of solutions. Their purpose … Read more

Tips For Taking Better Photos In Museum

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Lines of Instagram-crazed art lovers circled the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden this spring for the hottest ticket in Washington D.C. Toting cameras and phones, the record-breaking 160,000 visitors arrived for the mesmerizing polka dot paintings and trippy installation rooms of the much-hyped “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” exhibition.

National Geographic Your Shot photo community brought a just few of those fans of the Japanese artist, for a photo walk before the museum opened to the crowds. For those who missed the event, take a look at some of these top pointers for stellar travel photography in museums. These five tips will help bring your museum photos to a new level, no matter where you go.

Bring a lens, maybe two

All set to have a photo adventure through a local museum? Before grabbing every camera and lens that you own, think about how much of that gear you actually … Read more

8 Classical Music Concerts in NYC

Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera happening this weekend and in the week ahead.

ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS

ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS at David Geffen Hall (March 19, 8 p.m.). Joshua Bell brings the famed London chamber orchestra to Lincoln Center, leading it from the concertmaster’s chair and acting as the soloist in Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Mendelssohn’s overture to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, the “Pastoral,” make up the rest of the program.

ALARM WILL SOUND

ALARM WILL SOUND at Zankel Hall (March 16, 7:30 p.m.). Billed as a “live podcast,” this concert from a particularly adventurous contemporary-music ensemble dives into the works of Gyorgy Ligeti, including his Piano Concerto, Chamber Concerto and “Continuum.” Alan Pierson, the conductor, hosts with Nadia Sirota, introducing the music and offering insight into the composer’s life and times.… Read more