Have you ever found yourself in front of an artwork and unable to find the words to describe it?
Do not despair; we have compiled a list of words to help you on your way to critiquing any artwork!
A good way to start is by focusing your description on line, contrast, tone, texture, scale, colour and shape. Here are a few descriptive words under each heading to get you started:
Other useful terms:
Saturation- refers to the brightness of colour
Geometric – refers to the shapes such as circles, triangles, squares, etc.
Organic – free flowing or rounded
Symmetry – meaning it is equal on both sides
Asymmetrical – unequal proportioned elements
Flat tones – no tonal effect in the colour
Negative space – the space around the actual form of art
Depth – the illusion of space
Broken colour – dabs or small amounts of colour
Focal point – the spot that stands out in the artwork
Distorted – a shape that is changed and no longer looks proportioned