What is the difference between medium and technique in art?
I have a project due in my Art History class tomorrow, and I need help clarifying the different between medium and technique. Unfortunately our text book doesn’t give a clear definition, so I’m hoping someone can offer me some guidance. I need to identify the medium and technique of each of the following from a local museum: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Print, and Architecture.
Does medium refer to “Painting,” while technique refers to “Oil/Acrylic/Tempera/etc.”? If so, what would the equivalent to sculpture and architecture be?
Suggestion by Samantha
the medium is the thing used to create the piece, like acrylic paint or pen and ink. the technique is the way the artist created lines and shading, like stippling, cross-hatching, hatching, and controlled scribble
Suggestion by Vince M
Here’s an example to help you keep the terms straight.
The medium: Oil on canvas.
Apply the pigment with brushes, daubbing on the canvas.
Splatter the pigment by flicking the brush towards the canvas.
Apply the pigment with a pallet knife.
Apply the pigment with one’s fingers.
Smear pigment on one’s body and run headlong into the canvas.
Dribble the pigment onto the canvas from squeeze bottles.
See the difference?
Suggestion by suredo187
Technique is how you do it.
Medium is what you do it with.
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What happens with sound when there is no medium to move through?
Sound is waves and can only move through a medium. But what if sound waves are moving through a medium an suddenly reach a point where there is no medium to move through? What happens at that exact point, where the sound waves reach the egde of the medium?
Suggestion by noogie
reflection back into the medium (conservation of energy and all that you know…)
whether the reflection is hard or soft depends on the nature of the material composing the interface between medium and vacuum.
Suggestion by Mike Mercury
It effectively reaches an infinite impedance and is reflected back setting up a standing wave.
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