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Glossary of Art Terms
 
Welcome to USBlackart.Com Glossary of common Art Terms. Here we hope to give you a brief definition of various art terms which might be unfamiliar to you. If you have any questions, comments, or ideas please e-mail us.
 
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Macramé:- an old craft form of textile-making using knotting rather than weaving or knitting. Its primary knots are the square knot and forms of hitching (full hitch and double half hitches). It has been used by sailors, especially in elaborate or ornamental knotting forms to decorate anything from knife handles to bottles to parts of ships. Return to top
 
Magenta :- One of the four process colors, or CMYK, the M is for magenta. A color known as fuchsia and hot pink; a moderate to vivid purplish red or pink. Return to top
 
Mannerism:- A style of art that developed in the sixteenth century as a reaction to the classical rationality and balanced harmony of the High Renaissance; characterized by the dramatic use of space and light, exaggerated color, elongation of figures, and distortions of perspective, scale, and proportion. Return to top
 
Marbling:- the art or process of producing certain patterns of a veined or mottled appearance in imitation of marble by means of colors so prepared as to float on a mucilaginous liquid which possesses antagonistic properties to the colors prepared for the purpose. Return to top
 
Masterpiece: a work done with extraordinary skill, especially a work of art, craft or intellect that is an exceptionally great achievement. Return to top
 
Matted Size:-. The overall size of a mat that contains a print or original, that is ready for a frame. Return to top
 
Marouflage:-A technique for attaching, with glue, mural size painting on paper or fabric to a wall Return to top
 
Masking Fluid:- A latex gum product, used to cover a surface you wish to protect from receiving paint. Miskit by Grumbacher and Art masking fluid by Winsor & Newton are two such products. Sometimes, referred to as liquid frisket. Return to top
 
Masstone:-The top tone or body color of a paint seen only by reflected light. Return to top Return to top
 
Mat:-A stiff cardboard with a window cut out of the center, attached to a backboard. Return to top
 
Matte:- Flat, non-glossy; having a dull surface appearance. Is Also spelled - matt. Return to top
 
Megalography :- A genre, in which representations are intended to glorify or idealize excessively some event, person or thing. Return to top
 
Metal Art: - Art work designed with various metals, in sheet, wire or sculptor. Return to top
 

Medium:-The liquid in which pigments are suspended. Is Also a material chosen by the artist for working. Plural is media. Return to top Medium: 1) The type of art material used: pencil, ink, watercolor, oil, acrylic, egg tempera, etc. 2) The liquid mixed with paint to thin, aid or slow drying, or alter the working qualities of the paint. Return to top
 
Mexican Art: - Mexican art and architecture, works of art and structures produced in the area that is now the country of Mexico. Such arts were already highly developed in the ancient civilizations flourishing before the conquest of Cortés. For the artistic achievements of the Aztec, the Maya, and other native cultures, see pre-Columbian art and architecture.
 
Middle Ground: The area of a painting between the foreground and the background. In a landscape this usually where your focal point would be. Return to top
 
Mineral Spirits:- an inexpensive paint thinner which cleans brushes, thins paint, cleans furniture, and removes wax often used as a substitute for turpentine. Return to top
 
Miniature:-a representational work of art made on a greatly reduced scale. Return to top
 
Minimal Design:- omitting all non-essential or un-important elements and details which don't really contribute to the essence of the overall composition in order to emphasize what is important. Return to top
 
Minimalism: a movement and style of art from the 20th century which attempts to reduce art to the basic geometric shapes with the fewest colors, lines, and textures. Minimal art does not seek to be representational of any object. Also known as ABC art. Return to top
 
Mitsuda-E - In Japanese art tradition, a painting medium requiring oil and lead oxide. Return to top
 
Modern Art::- genre of the fine arts created from the mid-19th century which strayed from traditional techniques and styles.
 

Modeling: Representing color and lighting effects to make an image appear three-dimensional. Return to top
 
Monochromatic: A single color in all it's values. Consisting of only a single color or hue; may include its tints and shades. Return to top
 
Motif: A term meaning "subject". Flowers or roses can be a motif. Return to top
 
Muted: Suppressing the full color value of a particular color. Return to top
 
Migration:-The action of a pigment or Dye moving through a dried film above or below it. Return to top
 
Mixed Media:-In drawing and painting this refers to the use of different media in the same picture. A technique involving the use of two or more artistic media, such as ink and pastel or painting and collage, that are combined in a single composition. Return to top Return to top
 
Monumental - In art criticism, any work of art of grandeur and simplicity, regardless of its size, although it often connotes great size. Return to top
 

Mottling :- The appearance of spots or blotches of color in paint or on paper. Return to top
 
Motivational Prints: - Art prints and posters that are uplifting and encouraging to perform your very best and then some more… Return to top
 
Model:- a person who poses for an artist. Return to top
 
Montage:-an artwork comprising of portions of various existing images such as from photographs or prints and arranged so that they join, overlap or blend to create a new image Return to top
 
Montage: an artwork comprising of seemingly unrelated shots or scenes which, when combined of various existing images such as from photographs or prints and arranged so that they join, overlap or blend to create a new image which achieve meaning. an artwork comprising of portions of various existing images such as from photographs or prints and arranged so that they join, overlap or blend to create a new image. Return to top
 
Monochromatic: a color scheme limited to variations of one hue, a hue with its tints and/or shades. Return to top
 
Monochrome: painting done in a range of tones of a single color. Return to top
 
Monomer:-A material with low molecular weight that can react with similar or dissimilar materials to form a polymer. Return to top
 

Mosaic:-Picture making technique using small units of variously colored materials (glass, tile, and stone) set in a mortar. An art medium in which small pieces of colored glass, stone, or ceramic tile called tessera are embedded in a background material such as plaster or mortar. Also, works made using this technique. Return to top
 
Movement::-As it applies to art, the path that our eyes follow when we look at a work of art. Return to top
 

Mural :- A large wall painting, often executed in fresco. Referred to as wall painting, this word describes any painting made directly on the wall Return to top
 

Museum Art: -Artwork that belongs to a museum, and is displayed in a museum. Artwork that is very well preserved, using acid free materials Artwork that is preserved against damage by acid and ultra violet light. Return to top
 
Museum Board:-Multi ply board made of cotton rags or buffered cellulose to ensure chemical stability and neutrality. Return to top