Art Terms

Still Life: A representation of inanimate objects. Still life compositions reflect a range of everyday items (like food, books, or flowers) in any particular period.

Balance: The visual impression of order and internal logic in a composition in which the characteristics of different elements (i.e. colour, direction, shape, scale, texture, tone, and apparent weight) are successfully integrated as a coherent image.

Value: The lightness or darkness of a tone, judged on a monochromatic range from black to white, through dark, mid- and light greys.

Brushwork: The manner in which an artist uses a brush to apply paint to a support, as visible in the marks in the paint surface that demonstrate the movement of the brush.

Art movement

Impressionism: A style of painting that started in France in the 1860s. Artists focused on everyday scenes and the effect of sunlight on objects.