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Glossary

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N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Scale

The measurement of the size and weight of something you can see.

Sculptor

An artist who makes sculpture.

Sculptural

Relating to or like sculpture.

Sculpture

The art of making two- or three-dimensional forms, often by carving stone or wood or by casting metal or plaster.

Sealy, Captain Lloyd 1917-1985

New York City Police Department captain and professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. More info

Self-portrait

In a self-portrait, an artist uses him or herself as the subject for a portrait. 

Series

A number of objects or events that are arranged one after another. Artists often organize their work into series.

Shutter release

A cable which presses the button on a camera that takes the photograph. The camera button operates the shutter, which is a cover behind the lens inside a camera. When a photograph is taken, the shutter opens to allow a controlled amount of light through the camera lens.

Site-specific

A work of art that is made for a particular place or space, indoors or outdoors.

Sketch

Usually a quick, small drawing representing the main features of an object or a scene.

Sketchbook

Sketchbook

A book for sketches—quick, small drawings that represent the main features of an object or a scene. 

Slogan

A motto or phrase commonly used to express an idea or purpose. For example, phrases in advertising or political campaigns.

Soldering

A process used to join metal. A small piece of metal filler called solder is melted and then pressed against the two pieces of metal. 

Spire

A tall, pyramid- or cone-like structure that extends into a point at the top of the building such as a church or cathedral.

Spiritual

Relating to the human spirit or religion.

Spontaneity

Happening naturally or unexpectedly

Stainless steel

Stainless steel

Stainless steel is a metal combined with a chemical called chromium so that it doesn’t rust. Pots and pans are often made of stainless steel.

Starvation

When a person suffers from hunger because they do not have enough food to eat.

Steerage

The steerage is the lower deck of a passenger ship. Many immigrants to America traveled in the steerage because it was the cheapest way to travel. It was also the most crowded and uncomfortable.

Stereotype

An attitude, opinion, judgment, or idea that one group of people has about another group of people. For example, a common stereotype is that boys are good at sports and girls are not.

Stonehenge

A prehistoric monument in England constructed around 2500 BC. One of the most famous ancient sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed of massive standing stones arranged in a circle. More info

Studio

A space or workshop where an artist makes, teaches, or studies art.

Sun Ra, 1914-1993

Musician, poet, and philosopher, best known for his cosmic philosophy, musical compositions, and performances. Sun Ra led an ensemble or group of musicians called The Arkestra. More info

Super Mario Brothers

A video game created by the Japanese company Nintendo Entertainment Systems and first released in 1985 in the United States. In the game, the main character. Mario, tries to rescue Princess Toadstool of the Mushroom Kingdom from Bowser, King of Koopas.

Surreal

Strange or fantastic. Having the quality of a dream.

Surrealist

An artist or writer who was part of a movement called Surrealism. These artists and writers wanted to express unconscious thoughts and dreams. In their work, the artists often placed real objects in unreal or dreamlike situations.

Symbol

A symbol is something—usually a sign or an object—that represents or stands for something else. For example, flags can be symbols for countries and hearts are often symbols for love.

Synthesis

A combination of things or ideas that together form something new.