Terms and Concepts

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Markmaking

any human putting their mark on something, to announce their existence in the world; to make a mark indicates higher brain function

Form

The literal shape and mass of an object or figure. The materials used to make a work of art (line, light, color)

Content

the meaning of an image beyond its subject matter

Process

how the work was created, the media used (paint, pastel, clay, bronze, paper)

Medium

any materials used to create a work of art (media- plural form)

two-dimensional

height by width; a flat surface

three-dimensional

height by width by depth; it can be viewed from every angle and walked around

subject matter

the subject of an artwork- what the work is about

narrative

more than subject matter; narrative is the story of what you see in an artwork

composition

the organization or arrangement of the formal elements in a work of art

formal elements

the visual tools an artist uses to create a work of art- include the elements of art and the principles of design

formal analysis

analyzing the form of the art work; how are all of the components are implemented to create meaning

symbolism

the use of symbols to represent the invisible, intangible, or abstract (god, death, birth, spirit, good/bad)

iconography

the images and symbols conventionally associated with given subject. The study of significance and interpretation of the subject matter

picture plane

the flat, two-dimensional surface of a work of art "the window"

pictorial depth

the aspect of composition on a 2D plan in which a 3D space is depicted

verisimilitude

the quality or state of being the "truth"

naturalism

the quality that makes a work of art appear close to or resemble the natural world- it looks "real"

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