Visual literacy art term projects

Detail from Eva Gonzalès (1849–1883), Children Playing on Sand Dunes, Grandcamp, 1877–78

Using the art terms below:

  • Give students a theme for a collage using art terms
  • Select the terms carefully so that the collage can be understood
  • Ask the students to describe and explain the collage 
  • Circulate the art terms with images of paintings, asking students to apply the words that best describe the artworks
  • Ask students to discuss and describe the artwork to the class
  • Suggest students make an artwork using two colours in response to an art term
  • Exhibit the works on the class wall so that the different responses can be studied
  • Ask each student to discuss their choice of art term, the reason for selected colours and what they feel is the effect of painting using just two colours  

pattern 

pose

features

emotion 

decorative

imagination

anatomy

context

form

skill

design

soft

painterly

likeness

expression

canvas

colour

natural

realistic

collage

style 

shadow

movement 

illustrator

technique

sculpture

pigment

balance

sketch

fashion

rhythm

texture

volume

linear

composition

crosshatching

horizon

cool colours

warm colours

mood

pastels

free

controlled

tone

primary

light

allude

outline

still-life

portrait

landscape

seascape