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Author: Erin Aldana

This lesson will present a few examples of the main types of painting.

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Terms to Know

A type of paint developed in the late twentieth century that uses synthetic polymers as binders. It is very fast drying compared to oil.


The liquid substance that holds pigments together and helps them adhere to the surface of a painting.


A type of painting that uses beeswax as a binder.


A type of paint that uses linseed oil as a binder.


Fragments of color, usually ground minerals, sometimes also plant dyes or synthetic colors.


A type of paint that uses egg yolk as a binder.


A type of paint in which the pigment is temporarily suspended in water.