GLOSSARY OF ART TERMS

Art Terms Beginning with O

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Art Terms Beginning with O

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Obelisk

A tall, four-sided monument that tapers forming a pyramid shape at the top.

OFFSET LITHOGRAPHY

A variation of lithographic printing.

Oil Paint

A paint in which pigment is suspended in oil drying slowly when exposed to air to air.

Oil pastel

Oil based crayons.

Old Master

A distinguished European artist of the period from about 1500 to the early 1700s.

Opaque

Not transparent. Not able to be seen through or for light to pass through.

OP ART

A major development of painting in the 1960s that used geometric forms to create optical effects.

Organic

Having characteristics of a biological organism.

Ornamentation

Accessories, decoration, adornment, or details that have been applied to an object or structure to make it more beautiful.

OUTSIDER ART

Art that has a naïve quality often produced by people who have not trained as artists or worked within the conventional structures of art production.

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