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Academy Students Direct the Viewers Eye with Art

Different Methods Accentuate the Center of Attention

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Creating a focal point in their artwork using oil pastels was a recent assignment for the Art, Design and Visual Communication students in Talia Cliffe’s class at Bixhorn Tech. Students employed design techniques to illustrate visual movement and guide the viewer’s eye.


To produce this movement, students used various elements and principles of design. For example, curved and jagged lines create different types of visual movement, but if used correctly, both can compel the viewer to zero-in on a strong focal point within a composition. Other design techniques include using contrasting colors and isolating color.


“This week my students experimented with oil pastels and blending techniques,” explained Cliffe, “which they had to merge with the design principles they are learning to apply into a final piece. Their efforts are impressive.”


The Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology, referred to as the Academy, is the Career and Technical Education Program of Eastern Suffolk BOCES and has locations in Bellport, Oakdale, and Riverhead. Bixhorn Tech is located on the Bellport campus.