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Art Vocab

David C. Siggelkov

A collection of art vocab used as review for my art students. Covers all of the basic art terms one student should know. Enjoy.

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3.Ceramic that has been fired once without being glazed
4.In clay work, artists score groves or make scratched into surfaces of clay that will be joined
7.A line which shows or describes the edges, ridges or outline of a shape or form
8.A drawing done without tracing paper or drawing tools such as a ruler or compass
9.In a scene or artwork, the part that seems closest to the viewer
10.The common name of a color in relation to the color spectrum, such as yellow, red, blue. Also known as Hue
13.Any coloring matter, usually a fine powder, mixed with a liquid or binder to make paint, ink, dyes or crayons
17.A form of visual rhythm created in an artwork by repeating two or more different artistic elements, one beside or near the other
18.The empty or open area between, around, above, below, or within objects
22.The material and technique used by and artist to create a work of art.
23.A work of art created by gluing bits of paper, fabrics, scraps, photographs, or other materials to a flat surface
27.One of three basic colors (red, yellow, blue) that cannot be made by mixing any other color
29.Having a dull texture. Opposite of glossy and shiny.
30.A principle of design that describes the arrangement of parts of an artwork
31.A gradual, smooth change, as in from light to dark, from rough to smooth, or from one color to another
33.A color made by mixing two equal amounts of two primary colors
34.An oven similar to a furnace used to fire ceramics
36.The process and the result of thinking carefully about art
39.A mark created by a point that moves across a surface
40.A line, shape or texture created by putting paint on a surface with a paint brush
41.The result of an artist’s means of expression – the use of materials, design qualities, methods of work, and choice of subject matter
46.A sample of an artist’s work
47.Any artwork that is made with more than one medium
49.A general term for any shape or form that we see as part separate from the background
50.The background of an artwork
51.A thin liquid applied to a surface to help prevent smearing, flaking or fading
52.A feeling that all parts of a design are working together as a team
53.A change in form, shape, detail or appearance that makes an object different from others
54.An area of an artwork that attracts the viewer’s attention
1.The common name of a color in or related to the color spectrum
2.A sculpture technique in which a three-dimensional form is shaped in a soft material such as clay
3.Parts of the artwork that appear to be in the distance or behind the objects in the foreground
5.A large difference between two things: for example, rough and smooth, yellow and purple, and light and shadow. Contrast usually adds excitement
6.A process used to get air out bubbles out of clay
8.Any three-dimensional object
10.Colors that are directly opposite each other on the color wheel When complements are mixed together they make a neutral brown or gray
11.A type of visual or actual movement in an artwork
12.Clay combined with water or vinegar, to form a thick liquid. Slip is used on scored areas of clay to join pieces of clay together
14.A system of drawing used to give a flat surface dimension and depth that uses vanishing points
15.Plural of medium. The materials used by an artist and the special techniques that make their use expressive
16.A work of art with three dimensions
19.To create, form or design something by arranging separate parts to create a whole
20.In painting, a thin layer of transparent paint. In ceramics, a thin coating of minerals fused to clay by firing
21.An element of art that means the darkness or lightness of a surface
24.Area in a work of art that catches the eye of the viewer
25.A term used in art for the actual measurements of length, width, and depth
26.A soft drawing material made from charred wood or vines
28.A full-sized drawing used as a plan for a painting, especially for a mural. It can also be a funny drawing that tells a story
32.A type of visual balance in which the two sides of a composition are different yet balanced
35.A hollow shape used to make one or many copies of an object
37.A curricular chart of colors of the visible color spectrum. It is commonly used to remember color relationships when working with pigments
38.The art of making artwork with clay
42.The relation of one object to another
43.The part of the artwork that is most powerful, important or has the most influence on the viewer
44.A temporary show or display of a group of artworks
45.The plan, organization, or arrangement of elements in a work of art
48.A person skilled in creating artwork
49.The process of adding heat to clay object in order to harden it permanently

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