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🎨 Painting – French Vocabulary

Pierre By Pierre - updated on Aug 17, 2020
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Learn the French painting vocabulary as a list of French painting terms with English translation. Don’t hesitate to suggest new words please!

French Painting Vocabulary

  1. A painting: une peinture (sometimes “un tableau”, mostly when it’s framed)
  2. To paint: peindre
  3. A painter: un/une peintre
  4. Art : l’art (t silent in French)
  5. An artist : un/une artiste
  6. Watercolor : l’aquarelle (note it’s singular in French)
  7. Watercolor pocket set : du matériel d’aquarelle de poche
  8. Poster paint, gouache: la gouache (pronounce it gwash)
  9. Oil paint : la peinture à l’huile
  10. Acrylic paint : l’acrylique
  11. Une palette : palette
  12. Un gobelet : water cup
  13. Un chevalet : easel
  14. A canvas : une toile
  15. A sketch : un croquis, une esquisse, une ébauche
  16. A Sketchbook : un carnet de croquis
  17. Paper : du papier
  18. A pencil : un crayon à papier
  19. Color pencils (prismacolor) : des crayons de couleurs
  20. A crayon: un pastel (watch out “a crayon” as in crayola sticks is called “un pastel”. “Un crayon” in French is “a pencil”)
  21. A fountain pen: un stylo
  22. Charcoal : un fusain
  23. A brush : un pinceau

Don’t hesitate to suggest more French painting terms in the Disqus comment section below (French + English translation please) and I’ll add them to the list. Merci !

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It’s not just slang. The French everybody speaks in France today is NOT the overly enunciated, extremely formal French usually taught to foreigners.