Visual arts

art form which creates works that are primarily visual in nature
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The visual arts are art forms that create works which are primarily visual in nature. The visual arts (also known as the plastic arts) produce objects. They are contrasted with the performing arts.

Van Gogh: The Church at Auvers (1890)

Examples are ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and poetry. Also, modern visual arts which use technology: photography, video, filmmaking and architecture.

These definitions should not be taken too strictly as many artistic disciplines (performing arts, conceptual art, textile arts) involve aspects of the visual arts as well as arts of other types. Movies and performing arts, for example, make use of set and costume design, sometimes by prominent artists.

Also included within the visual arts are the applied arts such as industrial design, graphic design, fashion design, interior design and decorative art.[1][2][3]


  1. Archived 2011-10-28 at the Wayback Machine Centre for Arts and Design in Toronto, Canada
  2. An article by art expert, Shelley Esaak: What Is Visual Art?
  3. Different Forms of Art- Applied Art Archived 2017-06-23 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 11 Dec 2010.