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Art Vocabulary - The letter Dd


by Andrea Mulder-Slater

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DISTEMPER

Definition: This is a painting technique involving powdered colors being mixed with glue size (or even egg yolk). This makes for a cheap but not usually very permanent paint.

Pronunciation: diss·temper • (noun)

DOMINANCE

Definition: This is the difference in importance of one aspect of a work of art in relation to all other aspects. Its about what stands out the most in a work of art. Let's say for example that you are looking at a rough, textural sculpture made of splintered pieces of wood. Ok, now let's say that that same sculpture is painted bright pink and neon green. Chances are that the colors used would probably dominate the piece, almost to the point at which you don't even notice the wood splinters. Just as there are loud people who dominate conversations, there are also elements of art that dominate paintings, prints and sculptures.

Pronunciation: dom·i·nents • (noun)





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