3 Tutorials that teach Painting
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Author: Erin Aldana

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

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Lascaux, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lascaux_painting.jpg, Giotto, Madonna in Glory, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Giotto_Madonna_In_Glory_Tempera_on_Panel_1305-10_582px.jpg, Fayum mummy portrait, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fayum-39.jpg , Adoration of the Lamb, Creative Commons http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/jan-van-eyck/adoration-of-the-lamb-1429, Oil painting palette, Public Domain Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Oil_painting_palette.jpg, Watercolor painting, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bluball2.jpg, Levoy Exil painting, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Levoy_Exil_art.jpg

  • Oil

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

  • Acrylic

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

  • Watercolor

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

  • Tempera

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

  • Encaustic

    A type of painting that uses beeswax as a binder.

  • Pigment

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

  • Binder

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