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GHS Art I Semester 1 Exam Study Guide

GHS Art I Semester 1 Exam Study Guide


  • a genre which incorporates elements of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history and speculative fiction.
  • design with emphasis on form and function
  • evokes an alternate reality where steam is the primary source of power

Genre- a term for a category of art characterized by a particular style, form, or content

Media- the plural of medium

Medium- a material used to create a work of art

Mixed Media- art which combines different types of materials

Relief- a composition or design made so that all or part projects from a flat surface

Relief process- any method of printmaking where the surface to be inked is in relief

Linoleum Printmaking-referred to as “linocut”, a relief print

Landscape- a drawing, painting, or other work of art that depicts mountains, trees, or other natural scenery.

Focal point- the area in a pictorial composition to which the eye returns most naturally

Foreground, Middleground, and Background- in art, those things that seem most distance, as if at the back of the picture, are in the “background”. Those closest to us are in the “foreground”, and those in between are in the “middleground”.

Horizon Line- the line where the sky and earth seem to meet.

Implied Line- lines that are not physically present in an artwork, but are imagined by a viewer

Bench Hook- The purpose of the bench hook is to provide a stop against which a piece of linoleum being worked can be placed to hold it steady while carving that piece of linoleum.

Brayer- A brayer is a hand roller used in printmaking techniques to spread ink in the process of offsetting an image from a plate to paper.

Texture- how things feel, or look as though they might feel if touched

Edition- all of the copies of a print made from a single printing

Baren- a Japanese hand tool used in printmakingprocesses such as woodcut or lino cut.  The baren is a disk like device with a flat bottom and on the reverse side, a knotted handle. Paper is placed on an inked block and the baren is used to burnish (firmly rub) the back of a sheet of paper to pick up ink from a wood or linoleum cut

Mirror Image- when printing with the lino plate, the image will be reversed when printed onto the paper surface

*You should be able to identify the work of the following artists, see your study guide from class for images.

Sybil Andrews

Roy Lichtenstein

Henri Matisse

Pieter Bruegel


Albert Bierstadt

Winslow Homer

Vincent van Gogh

Edvard Munch

Henri Rousseau


Andreas Bality


Lino Prints

Lino Prints

Here are just a few of the beautiful lino prints created by Art I students at GHS!

Next week we will begin a new drawing project and work on our exam review…