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GCSE Art 2

Key words for GCSE Art.

portrait
If a canvas is in portrait, it means the short side is at the top.
landscape
If a canvas is in landscape, it means the long side is at the top.
genre
Genre is the type of art; including style, approach, medium, and subject matter.
symbolic
Symbolic artwork represents something specific in a way that is not literal.
geometric
Geometric art works with lines and shapes.
traditional
If something is traditional, it means it uses long-standing practices.
historical
Historical refers to the past.
contemporary
Contemporary means happening in the present time.
abstract
Abstract art does not attempt to represent physical reality.
still-life
A still-life is a painting of an inanimate object.
cubism
Cubism is a style of art using geometric shapes from many different angles.
surrealism
Surrealism is a style of art that depicts dreamscapes and abnormal scenes or ideas.
impressionism
Impressionism is style which aims to depict the movement and colour of a moment.
expressionism
Expressionism is art made to create an emotional reaction or effect.
organic
Organic shapes are shapes that are irregular and found in nature.
conceptual
Conceptual art places more emphasis on the idea and process than the final piece.
assemblage
Assemblage is art made by placing real-world objects together.
perceptive
Perceptive means to display sensitivity and deep understanding through your work.
cohesive
Cohesive is when the elements of your work appear unified by a theme or idea.

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