Visual Arts Books

The visual arts include a range of activities that create something visual which is typically either pleasing to look at or visually meaningful due to context (or both). Visual arts can be useful in their own right, but even when they’re not people have a tendency to include as decoration or pastimes. The arts provide us with a happiness that can sometimes be hard to explain, but this category aims to help you make sense of it all.

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Windows to the Soul

Unlike auditory arts that we hear, like music, the visual arts are those that we see. They form such a big part of our lives, culture, and history because sight plays such a large role in those things, too. Painting, drawing, architecture, sculpture, and photography, are all part of the visual arts. You can find writing here that explores the details of these various arts and the artists who create them.

Some of the visual arts are fairly practical in nature, such as architecture and film. One provides buildings that we use, the other provides entertainment and education. Others, like painting and sculpture, provoke feelings and thoughts in the viewers rather than provide tacit use. These feelings can relate purely to emotions themselves, or have deeper relations to the surrounding world. For example, much art has a meaningful connection to the state of the world at the time of its creation. These connections can be political, scientific, creative, or create other commentary from the artist’s view.

This is why looking at the history of visual arts is also crucial. You get important context about the meaning of the art and the effect it may have had on society. Many artists have had such impact on society and inspired entire generations that they’re now household names. Da Vinci, Warhol, Van Gogh, and Picasso are just a few that you should be sure to become familiar with.

Types of Visual Arts

The divisions of the visual arts aren’t always very clear, and they constantly experience change over time. The definition of fine arts today is very different from that of hundreds of years ago, and will probably continue to change. In fact, many people can’t even quite agree on the definition of fine art today. Generally, arts like painting and sculpture are known as “fine arts.” The term originally distinguished them from more practical arts because only “fine” people outside of the working class could afford to do them.

However, the fine arts also include some non-visual arts. These include auditory arts, literature, and performance art. Although performance art like dance and theater might seems like visual art, it does not fall entirely in this category. It does, however, share many attributes of the visual arts. But the terms and history of art are only part of it. Here you’ll also find tips on how to make your own creations, and the motivation to start making them.

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