Visual Vocabulary

Providing a visual representation of vocabulary terms used in your sessions can help students to better understand the concepts.

Download, print, or share these common vocabulary terms below for Visual/Media Arts, Theater, Music, Literary Arts, Dance, and Photography/Filmmaking for use in your next arts residency.

Designed by Alexis Buatti-Ramos and Archer Brinkley.

Windows. A student with a hijab and an adult in a green shirt stand in the back row, with an adult with a beard standing in front.
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Windows

Dance. A student with glasses and a ponytail dances with a student with glasses and headphones.
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Dance

Shape. A teenager with crutches makes an arrow with their body, a younger student with hearing aids makes a circle with their arms.
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Shape

Energy. A child jumps and gives off green lines of energy. Another student sits with eyes closed, giving off blue circles of energy.
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Energy

Pathways. An adult in a power chair draws a zigzag on the floor with their movements.
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Pathways

Locomotors. A student jumps beside a running adult.
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Locomotors

Formation. Five students form a circle facing each other.
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Formation

Phrase. An adult with red hair makes three sequential shapes labeled "1, 2, 3"
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Phrase

Choreography. A student with an iPad communication device moves their arm up and down.
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Choreography

Space. A child sits with a fidget toy with another young student standing far behind.
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Space

Choreographer. A dark skinned adult makes a movement with their arms and three students mimic it.
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Choreographer

Focus. An adult looks at a student wearing a hearing aid, with a line drawn between their eyes.
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Focus

Positive vs Negative Space. A student and an adult create an interesting shape by stretching in opposite directions.
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Positive vs. Negative Space

Balance. A dark skinned student balances on the back wheels of their wheelchair
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Balance

Line Break. Text of Black, Blind, and Beautiful by Leroy F. Moore, Jr. with the end of lines highlighted by yellow arrows.
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Line Break

Stanza. Text of Black, Blind and Beautiful by Leroy F. Moore, Jr. with two stanzas highlight in yellow.
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Stanza

Archetype. Four different people of different ages and races in gray bubbles.
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Archetype

Concrete Poem. Text from Alice in Wonderland about a mouse's tail that turns into an image of a mouse's tail.
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Concrete Poem

Found Poem. Text of "The Road Less Traveled" with selected words circled, creating a new poem "Roads I could not travel as far as I could bent just as grassy as the trodden way."
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Found Poem

Metaphor. Clouds with raindrops and cats and dogs falling from them with text "It's raining cats and dogs".
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Metaphor

Onomatopoeia. A kettle boiling with the word "Hissss", a man yawning with the word "Yaaawn".
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Onomatopoeia

Personification. A winking star above text "The stars winked at me".
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Personification

Sensory Details. An ear, hand, nose, mouth, and an eye.
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Sensory Details

Similes. A white girl with braces and glasses beside a lion's head, above text "She was as brave AS a lion".
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Similes

Spoken Word Poem. A smiling dark skinned girl with a hijab speaks into a microphone with her hand raised.
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Spoken Word Poem

Symbol. Close up on a rose.
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Symbol

Dynamics. A mouse labeled "Squeak", a lion labeled "Roar!" with a crescendo symbol between them.
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Dynamics

Tempo. A hare labeled "fast", a tortoise labeled "slow".
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Tempo

Music. Four music notes.
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Music

Rhythm. An Asian girl with hearing aids bangs a drum above a written rhythm.
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Rhythm

Rhyme. A hat and a cat, a truck and a duck.
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Rhyme

Pitch. A white girl with glasses and braces and a dark skinned man both sing with higher and lower notes identified.
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Pitch

Melody. A boy with an iPad provides the line of a melody.
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Melody

Harmony. A dark skinned woman, brown skinned teenager, and Asian boy sing with music notes above them and notes written out below them.
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Harmony

Composer. A shot from above of a man writing music on blank staff paper.
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Composer

Musician. A boy with a yellow cap shakes green maracas.
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Musician

Conductor. A man with one hand and glasses waves a conductor's baton.
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Conductor

Photography / Filmmaking

Aerial Shot. Image from above a blond child with a yarmulke and a cane holding a braille keyboard.
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Aerial Shot

Ambient Light. Room with dark walls and big windows, with yellowish light streaming through the windows into the room.
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Ambient Light

Aperture. Open aperture labeled "f/2.8", line labeled "F/4-F/11", then closed aperture labeled "F/16"
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Aperture

Backlighting. Black square with white light in center behind a teen with glasses and a ponytail whose face is in shadow.
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Backlighting

Chroma Key (Greenscreen). Large greenscreen supported by black tripods.
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Chroma Key (Greenscreen)

Close Up. Cropped image tight on the face of a brown skinned child with green eyes and freckles.
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Close Up

Film Negative. Black and white strand of film.
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Film Negative

Focus. Dark skinned child with curly hair in focus, with three characters behind them out of focus.
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Focus

Foley Effects. Dark skinned teenager with crutches breaking celery beside a microphone next to a pail of water.
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Foley Effects

In-Between/Key Frame. Two dark teal circles labelled "Key Frame" with five lighter teal circles between labeled "In-Between Frames"
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In-Between / Key Frame

Insert Shot. Two boxes showing an overhead image of a dark skinned person at a computer, with a third box added in the center showing the same shot from a side angle.
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Insert Shot

Onion Skin. A dark skinned person in a hijab waves a hand leaving the impression of five hands moving.
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Onion Skin

Pixel. A pixelated green and brown tree and two larger green pixels.
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Pixel

Resolution. Two black cat faces, one clear and one fuzzy.
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Resolution

Storyboard. Four squares illustrating how a story will be filmed.
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Storyboard

Ensemble. A teenage boy with crutches holds the hand of a teenage girl with a hijab, who holds the hand of a young boy with untied laces.
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Ensemble

Tableau. A young child with dark skin, glasses, and noise-cancelling headphones holds hands with a white woman with red hair in a power chair, creating a shape.
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Tableau

Character. Three people in costume as a cat, a pirate, and a judge.
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Character

Environment/Setting. Green hills, skyscrapers, a sun, a raincloud.
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Environment / Setting

Cheating Out. A child stands facing front with his arm to the side.
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Cheating Out

Projection. An adult with glasses and dark hair opens his mouth and sound waves come out.
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Projection

Articulation. An open mouth with a speech bubble.
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Articulation

Gesture. A light-skinned teen with glasses and braces holds her arms up and smiles.
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Gesture

Quite Backstage. A blond child with a yarmulke holds his finger to his lips in a shushing gesture.
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Quiet Backstage

Actor Neutral. A child in a green shirt with an iPad around his neck stands neutrally with arms at his sides.
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Actor Neutral

Levels. A child with a yellow cap sits on the ground with a fidget, a child with afro puffs sits in a wheelchair, and an adult in a yellow shirt stands, singing.
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Levels

Visual and Media Arts

Abstract Shape. Three shapes with no clear meaning.
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Abstract Shape

Symmetry and Asymmetry. A yellow goblet with a clear line of symmetry. A teal shape with no line of symmetry.
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Symmetry and Asymmetry

Background & Foreground. An orange cat at the front and a tree further back and smaller.
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Background & Foreground

Composition. Image of a teenage girl waving in front of skyscrapers, with the image divided into thirds.
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Composition

Complementary Colors. A circle of color shades with arrows pointing to each color's complement: Purple and yellow, orange and blue, red and green.
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Complementary Colors

Cool Colors and Warm Colors. Purple, Blue, and Green for cool colors. Red, Orange, and Yellow for warm colors.
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Cool Colors & Warm Colors

Primary Colors. Red, Blue, Yellow circles.
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Primary Colors

Gallery of Work. Four framed artworks, abstract, portrait, and landscape.
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Gallery of Work

Landscape. Green hills, blue clouds, a yellow sun.
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Landscape

Mural. A building with a painting of music notes on the side with paint cans and a brush beside it.
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Mural

Negative Space. A blue chalice which seems to have faces carved into its edges, a green tree with a cut out space of a deer.
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Negative Space

Organic Shape. A four leaf clover, a cloud, a fish.
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Organic Shape

Patten. A bow ties with green and yellow designs on each side of the tie.
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Pattern

Perspective. A road with trees and telephone wires receding into the distance.
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Perspective

Portrait. A dark skinned girl with afro puffs and one foot sits in a wheelchair beside a framed image of herself.
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Portrait

Scale. A tall dark skinned man with a beard stands beside an orange cat.
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Scale

Sketch. Pencil outlines of a face, a duck, and a hat.
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Sketch