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Glossary

Abstract Art

In its purest form in Western art, an abstract art piece is one without a recognisable subject, one which doesn't relate to anything to look like something. It's completely non-objective or non-representational.

Description from: Marin Boddy-Evans, a writer for about.com 

Expressionism

A style of painting, music, or drama in which the artist or writer seeks to express emotional experience rather that impressions of the external world. The term is also used of a late 19th and 20th century European and specifically German movement tracing its origins to Van Gogh and Edvard Munch which who often incorporated violence and the grotesque images.

Outsider Art

Outsider Art encompasses individuals who belong to no movement or school, who are mainly self taught, (have no knowledge of other art or artists) and are adept at exploring their own psyche.

The enclosed parentheses of (have no knowledge of other art or artist), does not describe me. 

Description courtesy of Tate Britain Exhibition. http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/outsider-art 

Gouache

A type of water-based paint composed of pigment particles thickly suspended in a binder of aqueous gum arabic, along with chalk to increase the bulk and opacity. Pictured are paints which come in tubes, a mixing plate showing the colors already mixed with water, a color swatch, brushes, and a water dish for cleaning the brushes and controlling water content.

  [photo by Jeff Dahl, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution - Share Alike 3.0 license].

 Graphic Pencils

These are the most common types of pencils, and are encased in wood. They are made of a mixture of clay and graphite and their darkness varies from light grey to black. 

 

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Prismacolor

Is a brand manufactured under Stanford. These colored pencils are easily blended, brilliant, and have fade-resistant colors.

 

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