Articles in the Visual Arts
Humans have an incredible innate ability to perceive the world around us through the use of our senses. Although what qualifies as a sense is up to some debate, it is generally agreed that the five primary senses are sight, touch, taste, hearing, and smell. Use of these senses has helped us survive over the millennia, and also helped us enjoy the time. We create skills, hobbies, competitions, and professions by perfecting various uses of the senses. The visual arts, appealing primarily to the sense of sight, have existed since the dawn of human kind. They use various materials to create objects and images, often integrating meaning into the visual expression. Explore this subject and its rich history through the range of visual arts articles in this category.
Visual Arts Through History
The earliest origins of art consisted of paintings and drawings on the rock faces of rocks and walls of caves. These pieces of art date back to over 30,000 years ago, usually depicting human figures and local animals. The type, medium, topics, and other aspects of art were all different depending on the time period, location, and civilization. Certain trends emerged and faded over time, each bringing with it distinct styles and distinguished artists.
The work of these artists often held deep meaning relating to the society around them. Some were openly rebellious by critiquing the current societal or political problems; others told stories or expressed their feelings towards important parts of society such as religion or other personal beliefs. The same occurs with art today, and we still analyze the various interpretations of current and historical art in visual arts articles such as those found in this category.
Main Types of Visual Arts
The final product of visual art appeals primarily to sight, but can use all senses both in formation and appreciation of the art piece. The visual arts articles found on Direct Knowledge break down the area into fine arts, applied arts, and artistic disciplines. Fine arts create visually stimulating but otherwise static objects with little practical use. Applied arts apply artistic aspects to more useful objects, and artistic disciplines combine artistic methods with other non-visual art forms.
Painting and Drawing
Painting and drawing technically have differing definitions based on the type of pigment and method of application to the medium of presentation. However, in the general artistic sense, both can create images on a surface that express ideas, feelings, and general aesthetics. They are both two of the most common visual arts performed throughout history, so you'll find numerous visual arts articles focused on them.
Sculpture works in three dimensions, known as a plastic art. It involves carving and modelling of practically any material from wood and stone to chocolate or ice. In addition to painting, sculpture has been a prolific visual art throughout the course of history all over the world. You can check out some famous sculptures in the visual arts articles in this category, including more than just marble carvings of beautiful humans.
As a technology, modern photography originated in the 1800s. It soon became an art form, progressing from still to moving subjects, black and white to color, and paper to digital media. This visual art focuses on capturing images of the world and using them for artistic expression of certain emotions or viewpoints.
Video and Filmmaking
This visual art takes the basic principles of transferring an image to a presentable media, but this time adds in the aspect of movement and even sound. This can add many layers to the art. As a film can involve the creation of scripts, special effects, editing, and various other types of performing and applied arts within it. Through all of these aspects, films can tell stories and evoke emotions that other art forms can't. This is especially true in films that use digital methods to make use of drawing and even CGI. Some of the visual arts articles here take a look at these unique aspects can bring a story to life.
Another plastic art, ceramics is a visual art that can be purely decorative or useful in industrial and practical settings. Ceramic art consists of various inorganic compounds, but most commonly consists of clay with varying degrees of processing. Historically, ceramics were most commonly used to make pottery and decorative items such as figurines.
Printmaking is similar to drawing and painting in that it is a method of putting an image onto a medium for display. However, rather than using a brush or pencil, the image is part of a matrix that can transfer it in its entirety to a surface. The matrix can then create additional nearly identical prints through the same method.
Applied Visual Arts
The above visual arts are considered fine arts, which don't produce objects with practical use. Applied arts design and decorate practical objects to make them more aesthetically pleasing. For example, interior design uses art to make the inside of buildings look pleasant; fashion uses art to make clothing appealing and trendy; and art in architecture makes buildings into more than just bland hollow blocks of materials that protect us from the elements. Many of the visual arts articles found in this category look at the reasons behind certain art and how it did more than just please the eye.
Artistic Disciplines and the Visual Arts
Artistic disciplines have components of visual arts that integrate with other art forms. For example, performing arts involve movement of humans bodies and other props to create a visual spectacle. Conceptual art, on the other hand, focuses on the conceptual meaning propelling the art, rather than the resulting aesthetics.
The articles in the visual arts category will delve more deeply into each type of art, as well as how they connect with each other and society. If studying the topic or becoming involved in it on a contemporary professional level interests you, stay tuned for future additions. And in the meantime, you might find inspiration from other contemporary artists.
Books in the Visual Arts
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 of visual arts books aims to help you make sense of it all.
Types of Visual Arts and Related Books
Unlike auditory arts that we hear, such as 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. Some of the visual arts books here explore these topics for those looking to get into related industries. An Introduction to Technical Theatre delves into the logistical background of theatrical shows. This includes sound, lighting, scheduling, and even important etiquette backstage. It's a great straightforward reference for theater students in both high school and college.
For more advanced readers looking to get into professional fields, visual arts books like Exploring Movie Construction and Production may be a better fit. This book explores the process of making movies starting from the script and going all the way to the screen. You'll learn about the important details that make a truly good film, as well as the things to avoid. Readers are kept engaged with concepts that relate to movies they've likely seen as well as other supporting examples that students can watch. They'll see the concepts of the book come to life and start to notice them when watching new movies as well.
Others visual arts, 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. Keep an eye out for visual arts books here that talk about the many artists who have had such impacts on society and inspired entire generations. Da Vinci, Warhol, Van Gogh, and Picasso are just a few that have become household names due to their legacy.
Changes Through Time
The divisions of the visual arts aren't always very clear, and they constantly experience change over time. The visual arts books here explore the definition(s) of fine arts today, which are quite different from the past. 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. In the visual arts books here, you'll also find tips on how to make your own creations and the motivation to start making them.