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14 Cards in this Set

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Contour Line
The line that defines the outer limits of an object or a drwan or painted shape. The path of a moving point, that is a mark made by a tool or instrument as it is drawn across a surface.
Local Color
The color as seen in the objective world (green grass, blue sky, red barn).
Medium, Media
The material(s) and tool(s) used by the artist to create the visual elements perceived by the viewer.
Paint Quality
A reference to the way in which paint can enrich a surface though textural interest. The way in which paint is applied to the canvas surface.
Picture Plane
The actual flat surface on which the artist creates the pictorial image. In some cases, the picture plane can be considered a transparent plane of reference that establishes pictorial illusions of forms existing in a three dimensional space.
Primary Color
A fundamental color that cannot be broken down into any other colors. When primary colors are mixed they produce all of the remaining colors. THe primary colors are: red, blue and yellow.
Comparison of the art elements, in terms of their porperties of size, quantity and degree of emphasis. Proportion refers to therelationship of formal elements to each other. Scale is established when proportional relationships of size are compared to a gauge or fidxed unit of measurement.
Secondary Color
A color produced by the mixture of two primary colors. The secondary colors are: orange, purple, green.
Shadow, Shade, Shading
The darker value on the surface of an object that gives the illusion that part of the form is blocked from the source of light.
An area that stands out from the space next to or around it because of a defined or implied boundary, or because of differences of value, color and texture.
The relative degree of light and dark. The characteristic of color determined by light or dark, or the quantity of light reflected by color.
A method of applying paint in which there is a relatively small amount of pigment, compared to a freater amount of medium. The resulting effect is one of transparency, where the underlying surface can be seen.
The outer or topmost boundary or layer of an object/The material providing a surface upon which an artist applies color, collage, etc. Also, holding up, as a base or column often does.
A surface to which paint is applied, or the material used to create that surface. A painting's ground is usually specially prepared on its support. Traditionally, for oil paint on canvas use a ground of oil and white pigment, and on wood surfaces either an oil ground or gesso.