Art and Design Vocabulary

Line


  • Blurred
  • Broken
  • Controlled
  • Curved
  • Diagonal
  • Freehand
  • Horizontal
  • Interrupted
  • Geometric
  • Meandering
  • Ruled
  • Short
  •  Straight
  • Thick
  • Thin
  • Vertical
  • Wide

Texture


  • Actual
  • Bumpy
  • Corrugated
  • Flat
  • Furry
  • Gooey
  • Leathery
  • Prickly
  • Rough
  • Sandy
  • Shiny
  • Simulated
  • Smooth
  • Soft
  • Sticky
  • Tacky
  • Velvet
  • Wet

Value


  • Dark
  • Light
  • Medium

Shape/Form


  • Amorphous
  • Biomorphic
  • Closed
  • Distorted
  • Flat
  • Free-Form
  • Full Of Spaces
  • Geometric
  • Heavy
  • Light
  • Linear
  • Massive
  • Nebulous
  • Open
  • Organic

Colors


  • Brash
  • Bright
  • Calm
  • Clear
  • Cool
  • Dull
  • Exciting
  • Garish
  • Grayed
  • Multicolored
  • Muled
  • Pale
  • Poly-Chromed
  • Primary
  • Saccharine
  • Secondary
  • Subdued
  • Sweet
  • Warm

Space


  • Ambiguous
  • Deep
  • Flat
  • Negative/Positive
  • Open
  • Shallow

Principles


  • Balance
  • Contrast
  • Emphasis
  • Harmony
  • Pattern
  • Repetition
  • Rhythm
  • Unity
  • Variety

Themes


  • Adoration
  • Children
  • Circus
  • CItyscape
  • Earth,  Air, Fire, Water
  • Farming Festivals
  • Gardens
  • Grief
  • History
  • Hunting
  • Landscape
  • Love
  • Music
  • Mythology of historic occasions
  • Portraiture
  • Processions
  • Religion
  • Seascape
  • Storytelling
  • Theater
  • War

2-Dimensional


  • Chalk
  • Charcoal
  • Colored Pencil
  • Found Material
  • Oil
  • Ink
  • Pastel
  • Pencil
  • Photograph
  • Print
  • Tempera
  • Watercolor

3-Dimensional 


  • Bronze
  • Clay
  • Fibers
  • Found Materials
  • Marble
  • Metal
  • Mixed Media
  • Paper Mâché
  • Plaster
  • Stone
  • Wood

Technique/Form


  • Architecture
  • Batik
  • Carving
  • Ceramics
  • Collage
  • Crafts
  • Glassblowing
  • Jewelry Making
  • Metalwork
  • Modeling
  • Mosaics
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Weaving

Style Or Period


  • Abstract
  • Classical
  • Genre
  • Historical
  • Literary
  • Naive
  • Narrative
  • Nonobjective
  • Primitive
  • Realistic
  • Romantic
  • Renaissance

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