French Art Vocabulary

Here you will find a complete list of French vocabulary words describing arts and crafts. Overall, you’ll find that most of these words are quite easy to learn as many of them are very similar to English. For example, “la poterie” means pottery and “l’artiste” means artist. Please be careful of the word, “le crayon” in French as it means pencil and not crayon, as in Crayola crayons.

l’art art les arts et métiers arts and crafts
l’artist artist
l’artiste peintre artist/painer le tableau painting la toile canvas
le chevalet easel la peinture peinting le pinceau brush
la palette palette les couleurs paints/colors les peintures à l’huile oil paints
l’aquarelle watercolor paint
les pastels pastels l’acrylique acrylic paint
la gouache poster paint
le dessin drawing le crayon pencil
le fusain charcoal l’encre ink le croquis sketch
le carnet à croquis sketch pad
l’imprimerie printing la gravure engraving
la sculpture sculpting le maillet mallet la pierre stone
la scupture sur bois woodworking le bois wood le burin chisel
la poterie pottery l’argile clay le tour de potier potter’s wheel
la spatule modelling tool
la joaillerie jewelery making
le paper mâché paper mâché
l’origami origami le modélisme model making

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