Vocabulary Terms



Abstract:
(adjective) Paintings or other works of art that don't try to represent things from the real world. Even though they may not look like anything, abstract art works often express feelings and ideas through colors, shapes, and/or lines. Go back to this word in context.

Architecture:
(noun) How a building is designed and built. Go back to this word in context.

Autobiographical:
(adjective) A work of art that is about the artist's own life -- his or her interests, experiences, and stories. Go back to this word in context.

Background:
(noun) The part of a picture that appears to be farthest from the viewer.Go back to this word in context.

Commission:
(verb) To hire an artist to create a specific work of art. An individual or an organization can commission an artist to create something. Go back to this word in context.

Foreground:
(noun) The part of a picture that appears to be closest to the viewer.
Go back to this word in Joan Brown's "The Bride."
Go back to this word in the Hans Hofmann's "Goliath."

Geometric:
(adjective) Shapes that are made of straight lines, triangles or circles. Some examples of geometric shapes are envelopes (rectangles), stop signs (octagons) or soda cans (cylinders). Go back to this word in context.

Han Dynasty:
(noun) A period in Chinese history which lasted four centuries. The Han Dynasty began in the year 206 BC (Before Christ) when a man named Liu Bang declared himself the new emperor. Liu Bang named his kingdom "Han" and called himself "King of Han." His descendants ruled for about four hundred years. The Han Dynasty was one of China's most powerful and prosperous periods. Go back to this word in context.

Landscape:
(noun) A picture of a natural scene, such as a valley, a mountain or the ocean.Go back to this word in context.

Materials:
(noun) What a work of art is made of. Artists can use virtually anything for their materials,even bottle caps or old car parts, as well as paint or clay.
Go back to this word in Joan Brown's "The Bride."
Go back to this word in the BAM architecture.

Midground:
(noun) The part of a picture that appears to be in the middle layer of a painting. The midground is in the middle of the foreground and background.Go back to this word in context.

Modern:
(adjective) In art and architecture, something that was made roughly within the last 150 years, but especially something from this century. Go back to this word in context.

Monument:
(noun) Something meant to keep alive the memory of a person or an event. A monument can be a statue, sculpture, building, sign, or anything else dedicated to the memory of someone or something special.
Go back to this word in Maillol's sculpture, La Douleur (Grief).
Go back to this word in the Han Dynasty tower.

Portrait:
(noun) A painting, drawing, photograph, sculpture or other representation of a real person, especially of his/her face. Go back to this word in context.

Pose:
(noun) How someone holds and positions his/her body while being painted or photographed. The pose can tell you a lot about the personality or mood of the person in a portrait. Go back to this word in context.

Setting:
(noun) The place, environment, or surroundings in a picture. Go back to this word in context.