GLOSSARY OF ART TERMS

Art Terms Beginning with E

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Art Terms Beginning with E

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Earthwork / Earth Art / Land Art

Art that is made directly in the landscape, sculpting the land itself into earthworks or making structures in the landscape using natural materials such as rocks or twigs.

Earth colours

Pigments made using earth (dirt) that contain metal oxides mixed with a binder such as glue.

EDITION

A copy or replica of a work of art made from a master. It commonly refers to a series of identical impressions or prints made from the same printing surface, but can also be applied to series of other media such as sculpture and photography.

ELECTRONIC MEDIA

Video recordings, audio recordings, slide presentations, CD-ROM and online content.

ELIZABETHAN

Refers to works made during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I from 1558 to 1603 which saw a flowering of the arts in Britain.

Elevation

A scale drawing of the side, front, or back of a structure.

EMBOSS

Often used in the printing process, but also as an embellishment, to carve, stamp, mould, raise or depress a design into a surface so that it stands out in relief.

Embroidery

The craft of decorating fabric or other materials with thread or yarn using a needle.

Emphasis

A principle in art where important elements and ideas are given greater importance.

EMULATION

A process of recreating a digital art work to ensure it continues to work as technology changes.

Emulsion

A combination of two or more liquids that do not blend easily on their own, such as oil and water. eg. egg yolk can be used to emulsify oil paint and water.

Enamel

A type of paint made from very fine pigments and resin that form a glossy surface. 

ENGRAVING

A printmaking technique that involves making incisions into a metal plate which retain the ink that forms the printed image.


Enlargement

A photographic print that is bigger than the original negative. 

ENVIRONMENTAL ART

Art that addresses social and political issues relating to the natural and urban environment or works that are intended to enhance or become part of the environment.

Ephemera

Written and printed matter (receipts, notes, tickets, clippings, etc.) that are not intended to be kept or preserved.

EPHEMERAL ART

Art that only lasts for a short amount of time.

Etching

A printmaking technique that uses chemical action to produce incised lines in a metal printing plate which retain the ink that forms the printed image.

Exposure

The action of exposing a photographic film to light.

Expression

A facial aspect indicating an emotion or the means by which an artist communicates ideas and emotions.

Expressionism

An international artistic movement in art, architecture, literature, and performance that flourished between 1905 and 1920, which depicted the expression of subjective emotions and experience rather than objective reality. 

Exquisite Corpse

A game in which each participant takes turns writing or drawing on a sheet of paper, folds it to conceal his or her contribution, then passes it to the next player for a further contribution. The game popular in artistic circles during the 1920s.

Eye-level

The level of your eye when looking forward. In reference to perspective, eye-level is the artists view of where the perceived line or perspective came from.

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