Art Questions and Answers (Q&A)

The term is actually spelt “orisha”. It is of southern Nigerian origin. The word can be used in reference to any of the minor deities in the area. The word has travelled quite a bit, too. It’s not confined to southern Nigeria. It has been used in South America and in the...Read More

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The word “ukiyo” is a Japanese term that means “floating world”. This specific term refers to the time period between 1600 and 1867. This is a time period in Japan where the people wanted to seek pleasure. It mainly flourished in the city of Yoshiwara. Other cities did...Read More

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The drawing and writing instrument that uses ink is the pen. There is a saying about this instrument: the pen is mightier than the sword. This is often said because words can do as much damage, or more than, a sword or weapon of some kind. The power of the pen can also transport us to new...Read More

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During puberty, boys experience a lot of growing. Literally everything gets bigger. Boys will get much taller as they go through puberty. Often, this means that they need new clothes every three or four months - a strain on the budget, for sure. Their voice will get deeper during this time,...Read More

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A fresco painting is a type of painting done on wet plaster. This is one of the hardest art forms to correct if a mistake is made. Instead of being able to add more paint easily or being able to cover it out with white paint when it’s dry, a mistake in fresco has to be chiseled out....Read More

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A petroglyph is a rock drawing that has been carved into the rock or created by weathering the rock away. Either way, it is a carving of some kind on a rock. The word comes from a French word that was spelled pretty much exactly the same way, but the French word comes from the Greek for...Read More

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A photograph made by placing things on light-sensitive paper and then exposing it to light is called a photogram. This is what was called a photograph in older times, when this was the only method of making a picture. Today, a photograph is typically what you see when you take a photo on a...Read More

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The word “triad” has a variety of meanings. However, out of this list, it is the term for a musical chord consisting of a note and two notes above it - the third and the fifth note above it on the scale, to be precise. These triads sound pretty to the ear, depending on the notes in...Read More

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Abstract art is simply art that doesn’t actually portray anything; it uses shapes, colors, forms, etc. to show what would normally be what we see in real life. What it shows usually isn’t recognizable as anything from the world. Up until the 19th century, art always showed something...Read More

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This term is mainly applied to the artwork of the artist Jackson Pollock. It basically means that the surface - like a canvas - has been treated indifferently. Jackson Pollock is known for drip paintings - where he literally held the brush over the canvas and let the paint drip onto the canvas....Read More

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