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the attempts by any artist, craftsperson, shaman, or any human to put their mark on something, to announce their existence in the world
The art of evaluating or analyzing with knowledge and propriety works of art or literature; to consider the merits and demerits of and judge accordingly
The aspect of composition on a two-dimensional plane in which a three-dimesional space is depicted. The illusion of depth on a 2-D suface.
Any materials used to create a work of art-the paint, pastel, graphite, clay, paper, bronze, etc.
The literal shape, mass, appearance, and look, of an object or figure.How the materials come together to make a work of art
How the work was created, the materials and media used (the paint, pastels, clay, bronze, paper, etc.) Also, the techniques and skills used to create work.
In any kind of creative endeavor, it is the story of what is being depicted, sung, described, written about
The rendering of images and objects in a stylized or simplified way, yet they remain recognizable; the formal or expressive aspects are emphasized
The quality or state of being the "truth". In the visual arts, this means that something looks life-like, or "real".
The quality that makes a work of art appear close to or resemble the natural world-it looks 'real' whatever that is. In general, this term is synonymous with representational.
Resembles something from the natural and visual world around us, that is, the world of natural appearance.
An artwork that is realist also resembles the natural world, but once again, realism is a general term and exists on a continuum.
an area of art history that involves the study and interpretation of images and symbols. Every culture is different and must be viewed within the context of the culture
Emphasizes the emotional and psychological content of the work. In general, to do this, artists often distort and personally interpret the formal tools like line and color
Ex. if art is a 3-D paper sculpture that is painted and drawn on to make more interesting
Any sort of natural or manufactured object that is not made by the artist but found by them and put into their artwork
Pertaining to the study and appreciation of the beautiful, and by extension, to the appreciation of any form of art. these are shaped by experience, culture, time, and place
Literally, analyzing the form of the art work. taking inventory of all the tools used by an artist
Considering art & creative production from a historical point of view; drawing conclusions about artworks that are related culturally in time & place
Objectively considering the successes and/or failures of a work of art and judging it as successful
Studying the jargon and language attached to the making of artworks. learning how to critically view artworks and accept the successes and weaknesses
A mark left by a moving point, actual or implied, and varying in direction, thickness, and density. Is the most basic tool available to an artist, sculptor, or architect
Parallel lines placed close together or far apart to create the illusion of darkness or lightness
The edge of a shape or figure depicted by an actual line drawn or painted on a flat 2-D surface
Demonstrate strength, they're stable, they're a visual stopping point, in a sense they are inactive, they are direct, and they are the position of life (upright & life-affirming)
Are constantly moving, they are full of energy, they are unstable, they move the eye (perhaps pull it) quickly through a composition, and they are emotional and dramatic because they are constantly moving
Is not a literal line, but one that is composed of multiple elements arranged to suggest a line
Principles of Design
balance, emphasis & focal point, scale & proportion, repetition & rhythm, and unity & variety
energetic, organic, can establish a rhythm to the composition, and move the viewer's eye throughout the composition.
In 2-D artworks, light is expressed as value which is the relative lightness or darkness in color or black and white
Hatching & Cross-Hacting
A series of parallel lines & cross-parallel lines. In drawing (or printmaking, which is drawing on a hard plate), hatching & cross-hatching are ways that an artist builds up areas of shading to create form & dimensionality
Italian for " light and shadow." A technique whereby value (areas of light and dark) are used to simulate the effects of light and shadow on a 2-D surface
An extreme use of shading (chiaroscuro) used for the purpose to enhance, the drama, the tension, the seriousness, & the movement of a composition
Light & 3D Works
Light determines the way sculpture & architecture are seen by viewers and light can have symbolic qualities in connection to architecture
technique whereby the artist paints dots of color next to each other and the viewer's eye must mix them
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