23 Drawing/Art Terms Kids should know as Beginner artists

It is essential to introduce kids to the elements of drawing or arts in order to keep them enlightened as they engage in the activity. It helps them to be comfortable and not feel any form of intimidation during their drawing activities.
Drawing/Art terminologies or teams can be defined as the peculiar vocabularies on different aspects. These are also regarded as art languages that enhance drawing activities. Hence, to keep our beginners artists updated on drawing languages, we have compiled some keywords that will be encountered during drawing/art activities. Grab your pad and pen to take down these important art terms. Read through till the end to be informed in order not to be deformed. Let’s get started!
  1. Color
Color can be referred to as the hue that is caused by the reflection of light on the paper, pad, sketchbook, canvas or any other medium of drawing. It is an important and interesting element for beginners who can develop the skill of mixing different colors to derive new ones. The mixture of two primary colors such as red/yellow/ blue can bring about the derivation of secondary colors such as green/purple/orange.
  1. Line
Line can be described as the path that moves on a surface. It is one of the first things kids learn to draw during their art activities. It is simple and kids can learn to draw all kinds of lines as a preparatory to other complex drawings.
  1. Shape
Shape drawing utilizes simple objects and scenes around the environment. These are the basic aspects kids have to learn in order to develop their drawing skills. Kids ability to draw shapes aid their observation and awareness. Starting with simple lines to draw the shapes. Shapes that kids can draw include; square, triangle, oval, sphere, rectangle, cylinder etc.  Shapes appear flat as well as dimensional.
  1. Coloring pages/books
This is a type of book that appeals to beginning artists and contains drawings, images, line art that colors can be added to. Some coloring pages have images that little artists can trace or reproduce. Coloring books are used as part of the tools for developing kids’ drawing skills.
  1. Hue
Hue in the aspect of color  can be described as the appearance of numerous colors based on the reflection of light. It is also regarded as the particular form of a colour.
  1. Texture
Texture can be defined as the feel of a surface or the it’s consistency. Actual texture is what is referred to as the feeling derived from touching the surface of an object while implied texture is the illusion created on the surface of an object. To try this, kids can take their coloring pencils, crayons etc and rub on a surface to feel the texture derived.
  1. Value
Value in drawing activity can be defined as color lightness or darkness. This means the darkness or lightness encountered when a color is used on a specific area during painting/drawing or art activities.
  1. Form
This can be referred to as three dimensional figures which aren’t flat. They have width, multiple angles, depth as well as height. Kids can create forms with clay modeling, rolled newspaper, masking tape etc.
  1. Self-portrait 
This is a drawing or painting that someone makes about him or herself. It is a painting or drawing of the artist.
  1. Carbon Pencil
This is a drawing/ art pencil that comes with a rod in which there is a mixture of clay, charcoal or graphite in order for it to function smoothly. With this, it can give off smooth lines on the paper.
  1. Caricature
Caricature refers to the drawing/painting that depicts the subject, a human being in a funny and exaggerated manner. The facial features of the subject are often enlarged to entertain, pass a message, or convey a meaning.
  1. Watercolor 
This is known as a water soluble paint of pigment. It is also known as the genre of drawing or painting activity.
  1. Collage 
College can simply be described as the cutting of colored papers, strings, and many others. These materials are glued together to make pictures.
  1. Landscape 
Landscape refers to the drawings or painting of nature’s elements such as the sea or ocean, sky, sun, moon, trees, green pastures, mountains and many other wonders of nature.
  1. Portrait 
Portrait is the drawing or painting of Human beings, people or a person.
  1. Primary Colors 
These are red, yellow, and blue and when combined, form all other types of colors. You can use Color Picker to get color code from any photos.
  1. Medium 
Medium refers to the materials used in drawing, painting or creating a piece of artwork. This involves the use of canvas, papers, pads, clay, pastels, paints etc.
  1. Complementary Colors 
Complementary colors have their appearance on the other sides of the wheel and can intensity the opposite colors.
  1. Palette 
Palette is a board used for the mixture of colors for painting. They are mixed to enhance the aesthetic of a drawing. It is the different colors used by an artist to produce a masterpiece.
  1. Charcoal
Charcoal refers to animal and plant materials (carbon) that have been heated naturally. This has been done for some many decades to derive black and dry material. It is long and is made into pencils that are used for drawing. The drawing appears in dark lines. Although, it is a messy material to use in drawing activities.
  1. Contour Drawing
This refers to the drawing of outlines of a subject or object without shading. Cross-contour drawing is a technique that deals with the drawing of many lines on an object. It is wrapped in pieces of string and used to expand the solid form during drawing activities.
  1. Doodle
Doodle or doodling can be regarded as unstructured drawing that is created out of boredom or dullness. It involves the drawing of lines and shapes that depicts people, animals or objects. There is no shading as only outlines are used in doodling.
  1. Painting
Painting can be described as a picture that is created by using paints, watercolors, brushes. Other tools such as pan, pencil or charcoal are not needed during painting activities.

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