Rhythm is the repetition or alternation of motifs (art elements such as lines/shapes/colors/textures) often with defined intervals between them. Rhythm can create a sense of movement, and can establish pattern and texture. There are many different kinds of rhythm, often defined by the feeling it evokes when looking at it.

  • Regular: A regular rhythm occurs when the intervals between the elements, and often the elements themselves, are similar in size or length.

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  • Flowing: A flowing rhythm gives a sense of movement, and is often more organic in nature.

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  • Progressive: A progressive rhythm shows a sequence of forms through a progression of steps.

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  • Alternating: An alternating rhythm consists of successive motifs, which continue to appear in a regular distinct order.

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