Vocabulary

Art Room Vocabulary


Artlex is a great resource for art vocabulary.

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analogous color scheme - three colors next to each other on the color wheel.




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balance - equal distribution of visual weight in a design

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clay - Mud; moist, sticky dirt. There is a temperature with ceramic clays at which their particles fuse (vitrification), and this is most commonly controlled by heating (firing) them in a kiln. The most common types of ceramic clays are earthenware, stoneware and porcelain.

color - the appearance of objects described in terms of a person's perception of their hue and lightness or brightness and saturation.

composition - The arrangement of the elements of art in a work.

complementary color scheme - two colors across from each other on the color wheel.



cool colors - blues, purples and greens.

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emphasis - creating a focal point with size, placement or contrast.

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glaze - special paint used on fired clay to add color

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indigo - dark blue, part of the rainbow

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line - My favorite definition is "a dot that took a walk." A mark with length and direction.

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mandala - a circular symbol representing unity; found in many cultures around the world

monochromatic - using only one color, with tints and shades

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radial balance - balance created with a center point.  Example: snowflake, flower, sunshine








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shade - adding black to a color to make it darker.

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tint - adding white to a color to make it lighter.  Example: pink is a tint of red.

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warm colors - reds, oranges and yellows.

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