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Glossary of Fine Art / Visual ART Terms

 for example:

Abstract: Art that looks as if it contains little or no recognizable or realistic forms from the physical world. Focus is on formal elements such as colors, lines, or shapes. Artists often "abstract" objects by changing, simplifying, or exaggerating what they see.
Acrylic paint: A fast-drying synthetic paint made from acrylic resin. Acrylic is a fast-drying water-based "plastic" paint valued for its versatility and cleans up with soap and water.
Aquatint: A print produced by the same technique as an etching, except that the areas between the etched lines are covered with a powdered resin that protects the surface from the biting process of the acid bath. The granular appearance that results in the print aims at approximating the effects and gray tonalities of a watercolor drawing.

Archival quality: Fine Art limited editions sold by Artifacts Gallery are printed with the most advanced reproduction technology for image fidelity. Fade-resistant archival inks and the finest acid-free paper and canvas ensure the longevity of your fine art purchase. We assure the quality of your limited edition art. Artifacts Gallery has a legacy of purchasing only limited edition fine art of unsurpassed quality and integrity.
Art: The completed work of an artist which is the expression of creativity or imagination, or both that portrays a mood, feeling or tells a story; works of art collectively.
Art deco: A style of design and decoration popular in the 1920's and 1930's characterized by designs that are geometric and use highly intense colors, to reflect the rise of commerce, industry and mass production.
Art nouveau: A decorative art movement that emerged in the late nineteenth century; art characterized by dense asymmetrical ornamentation in sinuous forms, it is often symbolic and of an erotic nature.
Artist: A practitioner in the arts, generally recognized as a professional by critics and peers.
Artist proof: An Artist's Proof is one outside the regular edition, but printed at the same time or after the regular edition from the same plates without changes. By custom, the artist retains the A/Ps for his personal use or sale. Typically, 10% of the edition total is designated as A/P, or in the case of a small edition, five graphics are usually so designated.
Atelier: French term for "printer's workshop." etc. 

















A Guide to Understanding and Working in Visual Arts

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Your Guide to Understanding and Working in Visual Arts

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Anna Divinsky ART 10 Course

Course Orientation


The essence of this course is creating, describing, and critiquing artwork - these are the essential skills that determine your success or failure in the course. 
Using "screen cam" video (short movies made up of captured computer screens), we will show you around the course and demonstrate how to complete and submit assignments. We have also included information and links to Web-based resources to teach you to recognize and avoid plagiarism.


Upon completion of this chapter you should be able to:
  • Navigate the Art 10 content, use the Assignment Studio, and submit quizzes in Angel
  • How to create artwork
  • How to describe artwork
  • How to critique artwork
  • Resize an image within given constraints
  • Recognize what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid plagiarizing

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