Is that a painting? drawing? or a fine art print?


Even native English speakers confuse the art terminology painting, print and drawing.  

Painting uses a separate tool to apply a wet medium to a surface. (oil, acrylic, watercolor) Whereas drawing implies that the tool used also contains the pigment, which is applied directly to its surface. (pencil, pen, charcoal)

Interestingly, in English painting is both the verb and the noun for what's created, as well as in drawing it is both of the verb and the noun for what is created.

The definition of a fine art print is debatable. Historically, the most valuable prints are those where an artist's process is involved (lithograph, serigraph, woodblock cut print, linoleum cut print, etching) and they are numbered limited editions typically of 200 or less, where edition 1/200 would be the most valueable.

Hope this little tidbit helps some english art word confusion!