|Teaching Art Speak|
|Conceptual art--too creative to be communicative?|
COLOR: Natural, clear, compatible, distinctive, lively, stimulating, subtle, artificial, clashing, depressing, discordant, garish, gaudy, jarring, violent, bright, brilliant, earthy, harmonious, intense, saturated, strong, vibrant, vivid, dull, flat, insipid, pale, mellow, muted, subdued, quiet, weak, cool, cold, warm, hot, light, dark, blended, broken, muddled, muddied, pure, complementary, and contrasting.
COMPOSITION: Arrangement, layout, structure, position, landscape, portrait, square, circular, triangular, horizontal, or vertical formats, diagonal, angled, foreground, background, middle-ground, centered, asymmetrical, symmetrical, balanced, unbalanced, overlapping, cluttered, static, dynamic, chaotic, spacious, empty, free-flowing, formal, rigid, negative space, positive space.
TEXTURE: Flat, polished, smooth, raised, rough, coarse, incised, pitted, scratched, uneven, hairy, sticky, soft, hard, shiny, glossy, reflective, semi-gloss, satin, silk, frosted, matte, and rugged.
LINES: Straight, jagged, curved, smooth, organized, hatched, parallel, wide, rugged, broad, thin, light, dark, colored, lively, and action.
Concepts: Controversial, thought-provoking, convoluted, trite, innovative, elitist, tiresome, futuristic, sexist, moral, religious, racist, deviant, and dubious.
Don't use: interesting, deep, strange, weird, crazy, stupid, ugly or any other vague or generic adjectives in any art context.
Art Eras: Prehistoric, Hellenic, Hellenistic, Roman, Pre-columbian, Medieval, Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Classical, Rococo, Romantic, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Modern, and Postmodern. For the most part, each of these eras has an associated style by the same name. However, as you begin discussing Modern Art, you should be able to speak of such art movements as Fauvism, Pointillism, the Pre-Raphaelites, Futurism, Expressionism, Cubism, Dada, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Pop, and Op art. I've left out a few, and you need not know precise dates, but it helps to know them to some degree in chronological order as listed above.
This is pretty much Art Speak 101, probably sufficient to see most art students through their freshman year. From that point on, as new media are encountered, each with its own lexicon and aesthetic terms, Art Speak doesn't quite rise to the level of difficulty of Mandarin Chinese, but it comes awfully damned close.
|Good advice in any language.|