Author: Aleisha Olson

This lesson will explore texture as an element of composition.

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Image of Portrait of Sir Thomas More, Hans Holbein the Younger, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hans_Holbein,_the_Younger_-_Sir_Thomas_More_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg; Image of Birth of Venus, Sandro Botticelli, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sandro_Botticelli_-_La_nascita_di_Venere_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg; Image of Self Portrait, Vincent van Gogh, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Vincent_van_Gogh_-_National_Gallery_of_Art.JPG; Image of Haystacks (Sunset), Claude Monet, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Claude_Monet_-_Graystaks_I.JPG; Image of Taos Mountain, Trail Home, Cordelia Wilson, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cordelia_Wilson_-_Taos_Mountain_Trail_Home.jpg; Image of the Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer, Edgar Degas, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Degas-dancer.jpg 

Terms to Know
  • Brushstroke

    The visible mark of the paintbrush on the surface of a painting.

  • Impasto

    The thick buildup of paint, usually oil or acrylic, on the surface of a painting.

  • Mixed Media

    Any type of art that combines different artistic media.

  • Painterly

    A style of painting (such as Impressionism) that emphasizes the brushstroke and action of applying paint to surface.

  • Texture

    How the surface of a work of art would feel if one could touch it, or its visible tactile qualities.