As usual, my grand kids had me laughing. Four-year-old Liam's tongue thrilled as he stumbled over the word: Centripetal, as during an art project he watched the paper spin and the rapid movement whisk the paint to the edges. Centripetal was a funny word.
Next, our art project moved onto other textures as we painted with brayers.
Liam turned his head at the word, brayer, saying: "It sounds like a donkey snorting: bra-a-a-ay!"
Brayer: Another funny word.
More Funny Art Words to Make You Laugh
These words got me thinking. The art world has a lot of funny names. These are my top favorites:
EMULSION - (ih-muhl-shuh n) Two or more liquids that don not blend together easily on their own.
BINDER - (bahyn-der) A component that creates uniform consistency in paint.
DIPTYCH - (dip-tik) A work of art consisting of two sections.
ASSEMBLAGE - (uh-sem-blij) Three-dimensional art made from found objects.
PLEIN-AIR (French: ple-ner) Developed in the mid-19th century to characterize painting outdoors to capture the natural air and light by the artist.
GICLEE - (No pronunciation for this!?!?) Another French word. If you don't recognize this word, you may think it's pronounced: "gig-lee." Actually, it's a long G sound, like "Ja-a-h," than add, "clay." The French translation is meas 'to spay.' In the art community, a giclee is a reproduction of an original piece of art printed on a highly technical ink-jet printer. This print-on-demand advanced technology has changed the art world, leaving the large editions of lithograph prints behind.
GOUACHE - (goo-ahsh) Opaque watercolor paints in endless colors.
FROTTAGE - (fraw-tahzh) a technique in the visual arts of obtaining textural effects or images by rubbing lead, chalk, charcoal,etc., over paper laid on a granular or relief- like surface.
TURPENTINE - ( tur-puh n-tahyn) Although this is a common word, a smile still crosses my face when I think of the pronunciation. Kind of twerpy.