Art Terms

Abstract Art: An art form or object which is primarily an arrangement of basic visual elements, i.e. colour, line and contour, mass, shape and texture. Real objects in nature are represented in a way that wholly or partially neglects their true appearance.

Silkscreen: A method of printing a flat image through a screen of fine, woven fabric stretched on a rectangular frame of wood or metal.

Pictographs or Rock Art:  Canada’s oldest and most widespread artistic tradition, which is part of a worldwide genre of prehistoric art. It is linked with the search for helping spirits and with Shamanism. Rock art often depicts animals, hunting and fishing scenes, footprints and handprints, maps, mythological and spiritual figures, and ornamental designs.