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refers to our personal responses to works of art...used to sum up the beauty for a feeling of balance proportion and pleasing arrangement

Art Criticism

is analysis. it is explaining and judging works of art


mostly realistic - portraits, landscapes, figures, still life


simplified subject, distorted, altered reality

contour drawing

a drawing done slowly, focuses on outline, more detail than a gesture drawing, focuses on outer and inner edges

periodic style

art of certain periods

principles of design

general ways in which artists arrange the parts in their compositions


is a roughly even distribuion of visual weight or activity on each side of a central axis


larger masses on one side of the painting, may be balanced by smaller, contrasting parts on the other side

focal point

the area of the artwork where you eye is drawn (the center of interest)


the light and darkness that is really apparent


the artist's point of view

vanishing point

a point on the eye level where lines going into space seem to converge (meet in space)


eye level

eye level

height from which viewer sees an object

primary colors

cannot be produced by mixing colors together red, yellow, blue

secondary colors

produced by mixing primary colors violet, orange, green

intermediate colors

produced by mixing a primary and seconday color ex. blue, green, red violet


white, black, gray, and brown


colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel ex. red and green violet and yellow blue and orange WARM : reds, yellows, oranges COOLS: Blues, greens, violets


space and volume created on a flat surface


refers to the surface quality both actual and simulated


a form of visual art that tells a story


refers to normal everyday activites/ordinary


rendering of a person's head, neck, and shoulders

the figure

the human body


a view of scenery as a subject

social comment

visual statement about society or the world

still life

inanimate objects arranged in order to draw


not recognizable subjects - using materials as the art


altered, simplified, or distorted


describes an objects usefulness; the objects have artistic qualities in addition to their function


the art and science of designing and building structures

industrial design

art that designs all kinds of products/ mostly utilitarian objects

graphic design

commercial art/ deals with advertising/ print media/ designing silk screens/ signs etc.


a series of cartoons photographed in seqhence to give the illusion of motion

fashion illustration

designs. drawings and working with the decorative and expressive qulities of clothing


Re-birth; in the early 1400s a culrural rebirth created a period of intense artistic activiy throughout Europe lasted about 200 years


a style in the 1950s that used popular, mass media, symbols (such as a coke bottle) as subject matter, treating them in both serious and satirious ways


a style of 20th centry art in which combines normally unrealated objects; scenes are often dream-like or set in unnatural surroundings


a style of art that emphasizes the personal, emotional, and dramatic aspects of exotic, literary, and historical subjects; a European style from the mid 18th century onward


a style of art in which the subject is broken apart and reassembled in abstract form emphasizing geometric shapes

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