Art terms in action

A video series from The Museum of Modern Art, featuring Corey D'Augustine.

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Art Terms in Action: Turpentine Burn
Art Terms in Action: Turpentine Burn

Sometimes, painters scrub the surface of a canvas to dissolve paint they’ve already applied to it.

Art Terms in Action: Palette Knife
Art Terms in Action: Palette Knife

Typically used to mix paint, these knives have also been used to apply paint to a canvas—or even to scrape it off.

Art Terms in Action: Emulsion
Art Terms in Action: Emulsion

Any cook knows that olive oil and vinegar mix better with egg. With paint, emulsions work the same way.

Art Terms in Action: Enamel
Art Terms in Action: Enamel

These household paints are fluid, flat, and glossy—and just one coat should do the trick.

Art Terms in Action: Stain
Art Terms in Action: Stain

Stain over stain over stain! Rothko used layer upon layer of these thin washes of paint.

Art Terms in Action: Tint, Shade, and Tone
Art Terms in Action: Tint, Shade, and Tone

What do you get when you take a color and add white, black, or gray?

Art Terms in Action: Viscosity
Art Terms in Action: Viscosity

Is that paint, or toothpaste? Learn several ways to lower the thickness of oil paint.

Art Terms in Action: Paint
Art Terms in Action: Paint

Paint is composed of colored pigment mixed with a binder, which holds it all together.

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