Glossary of terms and artists

This glossary has a list of useful terms to know when thinking about art. It also displays all the artists we have looked at in the course.

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Abstract Art

Abstract Art is art that does not show realistic looking objects. Abstract artists refer to real object using shapes and colours. Famous abstract artists include:
Pablo Picasso
Wassily Kandinsky
Jackson Pollock

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol is an artist who was part of the pop art movement in the 1970's and 80's. Many of his images are created from printmaking. Some of his well known artworks are:
Campbell's Soup I (1968)
Turquoise Marilyn 1962
Banana, 1966


Art has many different aspects to it. Visual arts include processes such as painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and filmmaking.



Banksy is an English artist who has been influential in making graffiti artworks in public places. Some people consider this to be vandalism. His work talks about today's cultural and political issues.

To check out some photos of his works, check out:


Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Are two artists who are well known for wrapping large monuments. In this course you saw their work with the oil barrels and blocking the valley. To read more about them and look at more of their works go here:


Doris Salcedo

Is the artist who created the crack in the floor, and the chairs stacked between two buildings. Read more about her her here:


Drawing is a way of creating an image using color pencils, crayons, charcoals, pastels, or markers. Techniques that are used in drawing are: shading, crosshatching, and line drawing.


Found art

Art that has been created from everyday objects

Frank Gehry

Is a well respected sculpter. He makes very unique buildings.

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Group of Seven

The group of seven were seven Canadian artists who exhibited their works together in the 1920's. The group consisted of: Lawren Harris, A. J. Casson, Arthur Lismer, A. Y. Jackson, and Franklin Carmichael, Emily Carr, and Frank Johnson.

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