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Intro to Art

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abstract
expressing ideas and emotions by using elements such as colors and lines without attempting to create a realistic picture. Ex. I don't understand _____ painting.
aesthetic
a set of ideas or opinions about beauty or art. Ex. the design of the building reflects a modern _________.
art
"The formal expression of a conceived image or imagined conception in terms of a given medium" (Sheldon Cheney)
concept
an idea of what something is or how it works. Ex. she is familiar with a basic ________ of art.
conceptual artists
artists who focus on the idea, or "concept" of the work and are much more concerned with conveying a message or analyzing an idea than the final product
craftsmanship
the quality of something made with great skill. Ex. the rug shows beautiful __________.
cubism
style of art invented by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque between 1907-1912. Signaled the beginning of the Abstract Art movement. Ex. this painting is an example of _______.
five elements of art
Line, shape, space, texture, and color. The basic ingredients the artist uses separately or in combination to produce artistic imagery.
graphic art
2-d art processes such as drawing, painting, photography, printmaking etc. Generally exist on a flat surface and can create the illusion of depth.
medium
the materials or methods used by an artist. Ex. Her preferred _________ is sculpture.
representational art
art in which the subject is presented through the visual art elements so that the observer is reminded of actual objects.
sculpture
a piece of art that is made by carving or molding clay, stone, metal, etc. Ex. David is a famous _____ by Michelangelo.
space
the area between and around objects. Ex. when there is the feeling (or illusion) of depth, it is called _____.
style
the specific artistic character and dominant trends of form noted during periods of history and art movements. style may also refer to artists' expressive use of media to give their works individual character
subject
the thing or person that you show when you paint a picture, take a photograph etc. Ex. Picasso often used women as the ______ in his paintings.
subjective
that which is derived from the mind, instead of physical reality, and reflects a personal bias, emotion, or innovative interpretation. the opposite of objective
line
a mark with greater length than width. Can be horizontal, vertical, or diagonal; straight or curved; thick or thin.
shape
a closed line. Can be geometric, like squares and circles; or organic, like free-form or natural. They are flat and can express length and width.
color
is light reflected off of objects. Has three main characteristics: hue (= name, red, green, blue, etc.), value (how light or dark it is), and intensity (how bright or dull it is).
form
is a three-dimensional shape expressing length, width, and depth. Examples: balls, cylinders, boxes, and pyramids.
texture
is the surface quality that can be seen and felt. Can be rough or smooth, soft or hard.
primary colors
one of the three colors which can be mixed together to make other colors. Ex. the three _______ ______ are red, yellow, and blue.
secondary colors
colors that are formed by mixing two primary colors. Ex. green, orange, or purple are examples of ________ ____________.
perspective (nouncount)
a way of showing depth or distance in a painting or drawing by making the objects that are far away smaller and making the objects that are closer to the viewer larger.
perspective (count)
a way of thinking about and understanding something (such as a particular issue or life in general). Ex. he helped us see the problem from a new ___________.
viewpoint
a way of looking at or thinking about something. Ex. they think about the problem from a different ________.
strokes
the movement of a pen or brush when you are writing or painting. Ex. the brush ______ are very fine.
vertical
positioned up and down rather than from side to side; going straight up. Ex. the buildings have strong _____ lines.
horizontal
positioned from side to side rather than up and down; parallel to the ground.
zigzag
a line that has a series of short, sharp turns or angles
sophisticated
highly developed and complex. Ex. the buildings may look simple, but in fact the design is very _______.
simplistic
not complete or thorough enough; not treating or considering all possibilities or parts. Ex. his interpretation of the work was too __________.
overwhelming
having such a great effect on you that you feel confused and do not know how to react. Ex. she found the number of choices ____________.
asymmetrical
having two sides or halves that are not the same. Ex. Mondrian's works are often _________.
symmetrical
having sides or halves that are the same. Ex. the butterfly is perfectly ________.
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 surface.

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