An experimental approach to the discovery of talent in graphic art is made by approximating the mental procedure of great masters in securing a satisfactory composition. Research disclosed that Millet, del Sarto, and others made numbers of trial composition sketches before laying out the final picture. In this study, but one aspect - compositional Balance - is completely developed. Outline sketches in pen and ink were made, one for each of ten different aspects of Balance, using for each as a text some recognized work of art. From each of these were constructed five variations consisting of changes in position or in light and shade relations of the critical object or element, the remainder being constant. These sixty sketches were then photographed in pairs and made into slides for visual presentation to groups, in scientific order following an abridged paired-comparisons method. Three additional series, embracing Unity, Proportion, Harmony-Symmetry-Rhythm, are projected, which with established norms will be deemed adequate to indicate the possession or the lack of this phase of art talent.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Meier, Norman C.
"The Measurement of Talent in Graphic Art,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 32(1), 397-397.
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