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Definition: visual arts from The Penguin English Dictionary

artistic activities such as painting, sculpture, cinematography, etc, as opposed to music, literature, etc.


Summary Article: visual art
from Greenwood Dictionary of Education

The imitation or invention of objects and/or ideas in visible form. While it can be a component of other art forms, such as choreography or furniture making, the term is usually associated with traditional arts such as painting, engraving, sculpture, and architecture. In colloquial speech it is common to use art and visual art interchangeably; however, this is misleading. It is increasingly important to specify the range of artistic forms, including music, dance, theater, literature, and visual art, that are captured under the heading of art. In schools today, visual art is most commonly taught to children by art specialists, visiting artists, and classroom teachers. (lj)

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