Productive Discourse: Lexicon

All too often, productive discourse is diminished due to issues of term usage. When entering a discussion, be sure that you are aware of how a term is being used. Differences can occur from one domain of study to another.

Here are several resources for terms usages common to our discussions:

General Terms:

askART Terms Glossary:

International Commission on Illumination’s ILV: International Lighting Vocabulary (Standard CIE S 017/E:2011) : e-ILV | CIE

Museum of Modern Art Main Glossary:

National Gallery, London Glossary of Art Terms: Glossary | Paintings | National Gallery, London

Tate Glossary of Art Terms:

Essential Vermeer Glossary of Art Terms: Glossary of Art Terms

Will Kemp Art School Glossary of Oil Painting Terms:

Will Kemp Art School Glossary of Acrylic Painting Terms:


Glatfelter Glossary of Paper Terminology:

Creative Glossary: Creative Glossary - Art Materials and General Art Terms Category

Art History:

Art History Archive Main Glossary: Art Glossary of Terms - Art Lexicon AA to AZ - The Art History Archive

Kahn Academy Art History Basics:

Related Sciences:

Neuroscience Neuroscience, Fifth Edition Glossary:

Eye Glossary:

Polymer Glossary:


CAMEO: Conservation and Art Materials Encyclopedia Online : Main Page - CAMEO

Canadian Conservation Institute Glossary of Terms :

Fine Arts Conservancy Glossary for Paintings Glossary For Paintings | The Fine Arts Conservancy

Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute :

North Carolina Museum of Art - Primer for the Materials, Methods, and Techniques of Conservation:

University Library/University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Glossary of Terms:

Inside the Conservators Studio (by Gwen Spicer) A Glossary of Safe Materials for Storage:


University of Cork Glossary of Printmaking Terms: Printmaking Glossary of Art Terms

International Print Center, New York Glossary of Printmaking Terms:

Glossary of Printing and Graphic Terms:

USA Glossary of Giclee on Canvas and Fine Art Prints Terminology

Wells & Drew The Printing Dictionary:


Nikon USA Glossary:

BHP Photo Glossary:

Ritz Camera:

Digital Photography Tips Glossary:

George Eastman House Photographic Process Terms Glossary:


How to Airbrush Glossary:

Airbrush Guru: Airbrush Dictionary - Airbrush Guru

Airbrush 101 Glossary: