Art Categories and Definitions

  1. Acrylic.  Painting with acrylic paints which are synthetic acrylic resins that are water-based. This can be done on any substrate including, wood panels, canvas and paper.
  2. Oil. Painting in pigments originally ground in oil. Usually, this is done on wood panels or canvas. This category includes water-soluble oil.
  3. Mixed Media.  Artwork in which a variety of media and artistic techniques have been employed.  Materials used to create mixed media art include but are not limited to paint, cloth, paper, wood, stones and miscellaneous objects.
  4. Dry Media.  Dry media are those generally used which do not require a solvent like water or turpentine. Dry media materials are used dry and include pencil, charcoal, graphite, chalk, and crayon. Typically, dry media entries are drawings not paintings.
  5. Wet Media.  Wet Media includes any substance that can be put into a solution and applied to a painting surface. Examples of wet media include printmaking, markers, felt tip pens and ink, including alcohol ink.
  6. Watercolor.  Must be created in water as the dominant medium for this category. Watercolor media is described as paint that is easily reworkable when water is applied and even once dry.
    It includes transparent watercolor, gouache, casein and water-soluble inks. Other media allowed as accents as long as they comprise less than 20% of the whole.
  7. Photography.  Photographic image (s) captured by the artist. It may be digitally enhanced but no computer-generated images or renderings, digital paintings or images not taken by the artist. By this definition, an artist would be able to combine images in photography, use Photoshop, enhance or change a photograph, but would NOT be able to use computer-generated non-photographic images or renderings.
  8. Digital Art.  Digital Art is an artistic work that uses computer-generated imagery as an essential part of the creative process. Digital Art is typically a compilation of multiple photographs or a photo collage enhanced through a myriad of image modification techniques. Computer programs used to paint or draw would also be considered digital art.
  9. Textile & Fiber Arts.  Textile and Fiber Arts use natural or synthetic fibers to construct 2D works of art. The methods and materials used to make textile and fiber art have expanded enormously over time. This art form
    is focused on the aesthetic rather than the functional value of the piece.
  10. Three-Dimensional Art. Three-Dimensional Art is defined as art with all the dimensions of height, width, and depth. Unlike two-dimensional art, it can be viewed and interpreted from all sides and angles. Various materials are manipulated into objects, characters, and scenes to produce these works of art. The most prominent example of 3D art is sculpture. Pottery, ceramics, glass, carvings, and mobiles are also examples of 3D art.
  11. Pastels. Pastels can be soft or hard including but not limited to oil pastels. They can be painted as straight media sticks or be combined
    with a medium.
  12. Other. A catch-all category for works of art when the below situations exist: When there is not a minimum of three entries in a particular category, OR any work of art that does not fit into one of the above categories.           


                                                                                                                              Nevada Artist Association                                                                   2-2-2023