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Art Vocabulary - The letter Cc

by Andrea Mulder-Slater

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Definition: In order to cast a sculpture, plaster mixed with water is poured into a mold. Once it has hardened it is taken out of the mold as a solid piece of cast sculpture. Pronunciation: kasting • (v.)


Definition: The word ceramics is used to describe the shaping, finishing and firing of clay.

Pronunciation: sir·am·iks • (noun.)


Definition: When pigments are mixed with gum Arabic and formed into a stick, this is chalk. A similar medium is pastel, which tends to be dustier.

Pronunciation: chok • (noun.)

Also Known As: Pastel, Conte


Definition: The balance of light and dark in a painting; creating volume in a work of art by showing the contrasts between light and dark.

Pronunciation: key·ah·ro·skoo·ro • (noun.)


Definition: This word refers to the intensity (or strength) or purity of a color. When you squeeze paint right out of the tube onto your palette, it is considered to be at full chroma.

Pronunciation: kro·ma • (noun.)


Definition: From the French meaning "paste up", collage involves combining pieces of cloth, magazines and other found objects to create a work of art.

Pronunciation: ko·lage • (noun)


Definition: Color is what the eyes see when light is reflected off an object. The primary colors are red, yellow, and blue. The secondary colors are orange, violet & green.

Pronunciation: cull·er • (noun)

Alternate Spellings: Colour


Definition: These are the colors that appear opposite to one another on a color wheel. The complements are: Red and Green; Blue and Orange; Yellow and Violet.

Pronunciation: kom·ple·mentary cull·ers • (noun)


Definition: This is the arrangement of things like lines, colors and form. When folks look at paintings they have been known to say things like, "My, the composition is very strong", which basically means, "That looks really good." Sometimes, even if we really, really hate the subject portrayed in a work of art, we can't help but like it because of strong composition. Art is funny that way.

Pronunciation: kom·po·zi·shun • (noun)


Definition: This is an outline drawing that shows only the edge and not the volume or mass of an object. Sometimes students and full fledged artists create what are known as blind contour drawings. The idea then is to look at the subject only and not the paper as you draw.

Pronunciation: kon·toor • (noun)


Definition: This is the use of opposites near or beside one another. For example: a light object next to a dark object or a rough texture next to a smooth texture. Contrast tends to add a certain amount of drama to a work of art.

Pronunciation: kon·trast • (noun)


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