Art Vocabulary In Thai: 15+ Words To Master

Art vocabulary in Thai is a highly expansive topic! We’re gonna try and narrow that down a little today and talk about the visual arts, i.e., painting and sculpture. But why learn art vocabulary? Well, as Picasso himself said. ‘“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

Let’s start with a few basics:

  • Art (Ṣ̄ilpa) – ศิลปะ
  • Color (S̄ī) – สี
  • Gallery (Kæl l xrī̀) – แกลลอรี่, ห้องแสดงผลงานศิลปะ ,

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Art Vocabulary In Thai – The Basics

When talking about art here are some words to know in Thai to start at least a basic conversation or discussion.

Art Vocabulary In Thai
EnglishThaiThai ScriptSound
ClayDin h̄enīywดินเหนียว
CrayonDins̄x s̄īดินสอสี
EaselK̄hā tậngขาตั้ง
Finger paintFing kexr̒ phênth̒ฟิงเกอร์เพ้นท์
GalleryKæl l xrī̀แกลลอรี่
PaletteCān s̄īจานสี
SmockS̄m̆ xkสม็อก

Art Vocabulary In Thai- Questions To Start A Conversation

Picture the scene. You’ve just arrived in Bangkok and found yourself at the Bangkok Art And Cultural Centre. A Thai person comes up to you and asks in Thai what you think of the art. Much to your disappointment and theirs, you must remain mute because you didn’t study phrases to talk about art in Thai. Check out this list to stop that from happening.

EnglishThaiThai ScriptSound
Are you an artist?Khuṇ pĕn ṣ̄ilpin h̄rụ̄x mị̀?คุณเป็นศิลปินหรือไม่?
Can you tell me who the artist is?Bxk c̄hạn dị̂ h̄ịm ẁā khır khụ̄x ṣ̄ilpin?บอกฉันได้ไหมว่าใครคือศิลปิน?
Do you know when this was painted?Khuṇ rū̂ h̄rụ̄x mị̀ ẁā s̄ìng nī̂ t̄hūk thās̄ī meụ̄̀x dıคุณรู้หรือไม่ว่าสิ่งนี้ถูกทาสีเมื่อใด
Do you know the name of the artist?Rū̂cạk chụ̄̀x ṣ̄ilpin khn nī̂ h̄ịm?รู้จักชื่อศิลปินคนนี้ไหม?
Do you prefer painting or sculpture?Khuṇ chxb wād p̣hāph h̄rụ̄x pratimākrrm mākkẁā kạn?คุณชอบวาดภาพหรือประติมากรรมมากกว่ากัน?
How long has this museum been open?Phiphiṭhp̣hạṇṯh̒ h̄æ̀ng nī̂ peid mā nān khæ̀ h̄ịn læ̂w?พิพิธภัณฑ์แห่งนี้เปิดมานานแค่ไหนแล้ว?
How much is this paintingP̣hāph wād nī̂ rākhā thèā h̄ịr̀?ภาพวาดนี้ราคาเท่าไหร่?
Is this a Picasso?Nī̀ khụ̄x pikạs̄ so chı̀ h̄ịmนี่คือปิกัสโซใช่ไหม
When does the museum close?Phiphiṭhp̣hạṇṯh̒ pid meụ̄̀x h̄ịr̀?พิพิธภัณฑ์ปิดเมื่อไหร่?
Where is the modern art gallery?H̄x ṣ̄ilp̒ s̄mạyh̄ım̀ xyū̀ thī̀h̄ịnหอศิลป์สมัยใหม่อยู่ที่ไหน

Replying To Questions In Thai About Art

No, I’m just visiting the museumMị̀ c̄hạn khæ̀ pị theī̀yw phiphiṭhp̣hạṇṯh̒ไม่ ฉันแค่ไปเที่ยวพิพิธภัณฑ์
The artist is VelasquezṢ̄ilpin khụ̄x Velasquezศิลปินคือ Velasquez
This was painted in 1987Nī̂ t̄hūk wād nı s̄ib kêā pæd s̄ib cĕdนี่ถูกวาดในปีหนึ่งพันเก้าร้อยแปดสิบเจ็ด
I prefer sculptureC̄hạn chxb pratimākrrm mākkẁāฉันชอบประติมากรรมมากกว่า
The museum opened in 2010Phiphiṭhp̣hạṇṯh̒ peid nı s̄xng phạn s̄ibพิพิธภัณฑ์เปิดในปีสองพันสิบ
This painting isn’t for saleP̣hāph wād nī̂ mị̀ k̄hāyภาพวาดนี้ไม่ขาย
Yes, this is a PicassoChı̀ nī̀ khụ̄x Picassoใช่ นี่คือ Picasso
The musuem closes at 6.p.mPhiphiṭhp̣hạṇṯh̒ pid welā 18:00 N.พิพิธภัณฑ์ปิดเวลา 18:00 น.
The modern art gallery is in Chatuchak, BangkokH̄x ṣ̄ilp̒ s̄mạyh̄ım̀ xyū̀ nı ctucạkr krungthephmh̄ānkhrหอศิลป์สมัยใหม่อยู่ในจตุจักร กรุงเทพมหานคร

What Is A Popular Form Of Art In Thailand?

Art Vocabulary In Thai

When people ask this question, they usually get a formulaic answer, but Ling prefers to break the mold!

Of course, Thailand has fantastic examples of sculptures depicting the Indian epics. People rave about the difference between the North and the South and how this building in Chiang Mai is a fabulous example of Lanna architecture, but we want to bring you something a little different, and that’s kae sa luk or fruit carving. 

Next time you visit Bangkok, make sure to go in late September when it’s the official time of the Thailand international culinary cup. (2023 will be the 23rd installment, although the traditional practice goes back hundreds of years).

Competitors take Thai fruits like watermelons and pineapples and transform them into all sorts of weird and wonderful things. The events are usually live, and a time limit is set for competitors to complete their creations.

After watching many videos of these events, there seems to be something extremely meditative about the practice, and undoubtedly it must feel good to get ‘hands-on’ with nature in such a way. Perhaps we might see it sweep the west. I’m sure it would please pumpkin sellers who are only in the money for a few weeks a year!

Also, it might not have the prestige of ancient Thai art, but at least if you’re not happy with your creation, you could always eat it.

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As always, if you liked this blog, think about checking out a few others such as technology words in thai, countries near Thailand and flowers in Thailand.


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