List of art media

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Art media is the material used by an artist, composer or designer to create a work of art. This is a list of types of art and the materials used within those types.

Architecture[edit]

Carpentry[edit]

Ceramics[edit]

Drawing[edit]

Traditional drawing media[edit]

Indigenous materials for painting[edit]

Common bases for drawing[edit]

Electronic[edit]

Film[edit]

Food[edit]

A chef's tools and equipment, including ovens, stoves, grills, and griddles. Specialty equipment may be used, including salamanders, French tops, woks, tandoors, and induction burners.

Glass[edit]

Glassblowing, colouring and marking methods

Installation[edit]

Installation art is a site-specific form of sculpture that can be created with any material. An installation can occupy a large amount of space, create an ambience, transform/disrupt the space, exist in the space. One way to distinguish an installation from a sculpture (this may not apply to every installation) is to try to imagine it in a different space. If the objects present difficulties in a different space than the original, it is probably an installation.

Light[edit]

Literature[edit]

Traditional writing media[edit]

Common bases for writing[edit]

Natural world[edit]

Painting[edit]

Traditional paint media[edit]

Supports for painting[edit]

Traditional tools and methods[edit]

Mural techniques[edit]

Muralists use many of the same media as panel painters, but due to the scale of their works, use different techniques. Some such techniques include:

Graphic narrative media[edit]

Comics creators use many of the same media as traditional painters.

Performing arts[edit]

The performing arts is a form of entertainment that is created by the artist's own body, face and presence as a medium. There are many skills and genres of performance, dance, theatre and re-enactment being examples. Performance art is a performance that may not present a conventional formal linear narrative.

Photography[edit]

In photography a photosensitive surface is used to capture an optical still image, usually utilizing a lens to focus light. Some media include:

Printmaking[edit]

In the art of printmaking, "media" tends to refer to the technique used to create a print. Common media include:

Sculpture[edit]

In sculpting, a solid structure and textured surface is shaped or combined using substances and components, to form a three-dimensional object. The size of a sculptured work can be built very big and could be considered as architecture, although more commonly a large statue or bust, and can be crafted very small and intricate as jewellery, ornaments and decorative reliefs.

Materials[edit]

Carving media[edit]

Casting media[edit]

Modeling media[edit]

Assembled media[edit]

Finishing materials[edit]

Tools[edit]

Sound[edit]

The art of sound can be singular or a combination of speech or objects and crafted instruments, to create sounds, rhythms and music for a range of sonic hearing purposes. See also music and sound art.

Technical products[edit]

The use of technical products as an art medium is a merging of applied art and science, that may involve aesthetics, efficiency and ergonomics using various materials.

Textiles[edit]

In the art of textiles a soft and flexible material of fibers or yarn is formed by spinning wool, flax, cotton, or other material on a spinning wheel and crocheting, knitting, macramé (knotting), weaving, or pressing fibres together (felt) to create a work.

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