(noun) - In art, "medium" refers to the substance the artist uses to create his or her artwork. For example, the medium Michelangelo used to create David was marble, Calder's stabiles employ painted steel plates and Duchamp's infamous Fountain had porcelain as its medium. Far more commonly, you'll see notations following the titles of paintings that read along the lines of: "Gouache on paper" "Tempera on board" "Oil on canvas" "Ink on bamboo" Etc., etc. All of those items listed are media. Heads up: Any other physical material - from used chewing gum to dog hair - is fair game as an artisticmedium. Sometimes artists can become extremelycreative about this whole media business, and you may run across things in The Art World that defy belief. Though you might be sorely tempted to point, sputter and laugh, well ... first try to gauge the mood of the company you're in. (Just a friendly thought from someone who's made more than her share of faux pas.)

y the manner and ability with which an artist, writer, dancer,athlete, or the like employs the technical skills of aparticular art or field of endeavor.

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the body of specialized procedures and methods used in anyspecific field, especially in an area of applied science. method of performance; way of accomplishing. technical skill; ability to apply procedures or methods so asto effect a desired result. Informal . method of projecting personal charm, appeal, etc.:He has the greatest technique with customers.

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