Artists use a variety of materials in making art. Knowing how artists use these materials, as well as knowing what materials can and cannot do, gives us a new appreciation of art works.

The tools artists choose and how they use them create different results. For example, a palette knife and a brush produce very different painting effects. A sharp blade can remove large chunks from a wood block or create delicate details.

Questions to consider in this section:

How did the artist use his/her tools to manipulate the medium?

What are the properties and limitations of the materials used by the artist?