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Art Vocabulary - The letter Aa

by Andrea Mulder-Slater

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Definition: A water-based "plastic" paint. It is thicker and stronger than tempera or watercolor paint.

Pronunciation: a·cril·ick • (noun)


Definition: The study of beauty in art. It's all about saying "Do I like this painting, do I hate this sculpture ... why?" Usually the answer has something to do with whether or not the painting is easy on the eyes or in other words, is it aesthetically pleasing?

Pronunciation: ass·tet·tic • (adj.) Alternate Spellings: Esthetics


Definition: A structure used beneath something else for support. For example, a sculptor might create a clay sculpture with a wood or wire armature beneath it as support. Think about the frame of a house being constructed before all of the brick or siding is built on top.

Pronunciation: ar·ma·ture • (noun)


Definition: Many artists in the late 1800's were shouting "art for art's sake" (Manet and Whistler to name two). At this time, artists were starting to break free from society. The church and Monarchy were not important patrons anymore so the artists were no longer needed to glorify them. Artists were now able to flaunt their own individual creativity without having to worry about what society thought. They were literally painting art for its own sake. This was an important part of the Modern Art movement.


Definition: A balance achieved through the use of unequal parts or elements. Visualize one beach ball sitting on one side of a stick and two baseballs sitting on the other side of the stick --- the two balance out the one.

Pronunciation: a·sim·met·ree • (noun)


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