Media (arts)

Media (arts)

In the arts, media (plural of medium) are the materials and techniques used by an artist to produce a work.


In drawing, "media" refers to the type of held dry tool used and the base onto which it is transferred. The "held dry tool" normally means a pencil, or stick medium, referred to as a "crayon". Small particles of broken-off stick medium are transferred to a base or plane of production on which the artwork is produced. A typical base is paper, but canvas and other surfaces can also be used.

Common drawing media

*Chalk pastel
*Colored pencil
*Conté crayon
*Graphite and graphite pencils
*Oil pastel
*Pen and ink


In painting, "media" refers to both the type of paint used and the base (or ground) to which it is applied. A paint's medium refers to what carries a paint's pigments, and is also called a "vehicle" or a "base". A painter can mix a medium with solvents, pigments, and other substances in order to make paint and control its consistency.

Common paint media

*Acrylic paint
*Enamel paint
*Latex paint
*Magna paint
*Oil paint
*Vinyl paint

Common ground media

*Architectural structures

Application tools and methods

*Action painting
*Aerosol paint
*Finger painting
*Palette knife

Muralism techniques

Muralists use many of the same media as panel painters, but due to the scale of their works, use different techniques. Some such techniques include:
*Overhead and slide projection
*Pounce (technique)



*Edible material
*Found objects
*Glue and other adhesives


*Bristled brush
*Ceramic wheel and kiln
*cutting torch
*Hammer or mallet
*Power tools


In the art of printmaking, "media" tends to refer to the technique used to create a print. Common media include:
*Inkjet printing (sometimes called Giclée printing)
*Laser printing
*Moku hanga
*Offset printing
*Plate printing
*Photographic printing

ee also

* Plastic arts
* Art materials
* Recording medium
* Digital media
* Mixed media
* multi media

External links

* [ Media (artists' materials)] definition from the Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus

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