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Art vocabulary

abstract

based on real people, places and things but does not look like the real people, places and things. This style shows an object you can name but does not show it clearly.

acrylic paint

a water based paint that has a (polymer) plastic binder and dries to a permanent covering.

analyze

in visual art, examining the unique features of a work as they relate to the elements of art and the principles of design.

architecture

the art of designing buildings

art critique

the process and the results of critical thinking about art. The parts are: describe, analyze, interpret, and judge.

artist

a person who creates works of art.

asymmetrical

not being the same on both sides.

background

those things that seem the most distant, as if at the back of the picture.

balance

the principle of design that refers to the visual equalization of the elements in a work of art so that one side of the artwork does not appear heavier than the other side. Balance may also be radial, symmetrical, or asymmetrical.

canvas

a tightly stretched cloth surface on which to paint.

ceramics

objects made of fired clay or porcelain.

collage

artwork made by pasting pieces of paper or other materials to a flat

color

the result of the reflection or absorption of light by a surface.

color scheme

sometimes known as color families or relationships , these are groups of colors used together in the same artwork.

color wheel

a tool for organizing color.

complementary

colors found opposite on the color wheel and have the

cool colors

colors that make you feel cool - blue, green and violet

create

to make or produce.

cross-hatching

shading done by drawing closely set parallel lines that

depth

the look of space or distance

describe

this process in responding to art work refers to the subject matter of the artwork.

easel

a frame used to support an artist's canvas., an upright tripod for displaying something (usually an artist's canvas)

elements of art

the basic components of visual communication. They

Egyptian Art & Architecture

All art and architecture was created for a ceremonial purpose. Greatest Architectural achievement was the pyramids. Sculpture was created using specific rules. Faces are forward, the left foot is slightly ahead of the right.

emphasis

focal point - the principle of design that is concerned with

focal point

that area in a composition at which the emphasis is greatest

folk artists

people who create art using styles that have been handed down through generations. Folk Artists are usually untrained. Artists that create using things from nature.

foreground

Part of a picture which appears closest to the viewer and

form

An element of art that is three-dimensional and encloses

functional art

utilitarian art - functional objects such as dishes and

Gothic Art

the use of elongated human figures, paintings were flat and used gold paint in the background. All paintings were of religious people.

hatching

shading done by drawing tiny, closely set parallel lines.

horizon

a level line where water or land seem to meet the sky.

hue

a color found on the color wheel.

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