Thursday, October 30, 2014

Word of the Week: Chiaroscuro

Time for another Word of the Week! Woohoo!

Word: chiaroscuro

How you say it: [kee-ahr-uh-skyoor-oh]

What it is: noun

How to pluralize it: chiaroscuros

What it means:  1.) the distribution of light and shade in a picture. 2.) Painting. the use of deep variations in and subtle gradations of light and shade, especially to enhance the delineation of character and for general dramatic effect: Rembrandt is a master of chiaroscuro. 3.) a woodcut print in which the colors are produced by the use of different blocks with different colors. 4.) a sketch in light and shade. (Definition courtesy of

Use it three times and it’s yours! Using a word three times can help it stick in your memory. Remember that context helps you understand which sense of the word is being used.

We learned about chiaroscuros in art class today.

Shadows fell across the plains, creating a chiaroscuro effect.

The picture had a very attractive chiaroscuro.

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