Suggested Vocabulary

Abstract: the visual language of form, color and line to create a composition
Additive sculpture: three dimensional work made by putting pieces of material(s) together to build up a form
Arc: a part of any curve
Asymmetrical: having no balance; uneven (two sides that don’t match)
Balance: equal distribution of weight
Context: the interrelated conditions in which something exists or occurs
Fabrication: the construction, manufacture, or creation of an object
Form: the volume and shape of a three-dimensional work
Geometry: the branch of mathematics concerned with shape, size, position of figures and properties of space
Gesture: a form of communication in which a sculpture can ‘communicate’ a particular message
Imagery: the use of vivid or figurative language to represent objects or ideas
Inspiration: sudden creativity in artistic production
Introspection: the examination of one’s own conscious thoughts and feelings
Metaphor: a figure of speech describing a subject by comparing it to an unrelated object
Parallel: a geometry term referring to two or more straight lines that never touch
Planes: in sculpture these are the surface areas defined by abrupt variations of direction
Portal: gate, door, end of a tunnel (an entryway)
Prime: first or early in time
Prism: an element with flat, polished surfaces that refract light
Refract: resistant to control
Relief sculpture: a type of sculpture that has forms that extend into space from a single plane
Rhythm: movement marked by the regulated succession of strong and weak elements
Scale: the size of an object in relation to other objects and its surroundings
Scarified: to make cuts or scratches in the surface of something
Sculpture: a branch of the visual arts that operates in three dimensions
Space: the area around the whole sculpture
Subtractive sculpture: carving away the excess from a larger piece of material
Symbiotic: a relationship of mutual benefit
Symbol: an object that represents, stands for, or suggests an idea, belief, action or material entity
Void: open space within the sculptural form
Welding: a fabrication or sculptural process that joins materials, usually metals or plastics