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A-Z Glossary of Artistic Terms

ABRADED

Having a worn or rubbed appearance as a result of mechanical or chemical action. An abrasion is a localized abraded area.

ABSORBENT GROUND

A chalk ground which absorbs oil and is used in oil painting to achieve a matt effect and to speed up drying.

ACCULTURATION

Borrowing between cultures, or the modifying of one person’s or group’s culture by contact with a different culture. Also, the process by which people acquire knowledge of the cultures in which they live.

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