Rich Art Vocabulary

Resources for Developing a Rich Art Vocabulary

“Students should demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the visual arts by discussing formal artistic¬†aspects (for example, elements and principles of design)” – EE Criteria for Visual Arts

ArtLex Art Dictionary

Glossary of Architectural Terms – with great visuals. Reviewing this will help you make sense of the architectural structures you visit and observe.

Glossary of Architectural Vocabulary - Though Wikipedia is NOT an academic source, this is a good overview with many visuals.

How to critique artwork

DAIJ” – Describe, Analyze, Interpret, Judge

The Elements and Principles

Elements of Art
line
shape
form
color
value
texture
space

Principles of Design
balance
movement/rhthym
unity
contrast
pattern/repetition
emphasis