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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,,_the_Younger_-_Sir_Thomas_More_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg; Image of Birth of Venus, Sandro Botticelli, Public Domain,; Image of Self Portrait, Vincent van Gogh, Public Domain,; Image of Haystacks (Sunset), Claude Monet, Public Domain,; Image of Taos Mountain, Trail Home, Cordelia Wilson, Public Domain,; Image of the Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer, Edgar Degas, Public Domain, 

Terms to Know

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


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.


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


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