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Art Vocabulary - The letter Tt

by Andrea Mulder-Slater

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Definition: A water-based paint that may or may not be mixed with egg yolks (egg tempera). Historically, tempera was used for Italian panel painting prior to the late 16th century. Today, we associate tempera paint with elementary school classrooms.

Pronunciation: tem·per·a • (noun)

Common Misspellings: Tempra, Tempura


Definition: This refers to the way things feel, or look as though they might feel, if they were touched. Sand looks rough ... a stuffed animal looks soft. Artists who played around with texture were concerned with the sensations of touch in a sculpture or the illusion of touch differences in a drawing or painting.

Pronunciation: teks·chur • (noun)


Definition: A color that has been combined with white to make it light. That's what a tint is. The opposite of tint is shade.

Pronunciation: tint • (noun)


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