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Those creations we can look at.

The visual arts are: Works which are primarily visual in nature

refers to what was used to create artM E D I U M O FV I S U A L A R T S


. Oil paint, watercolor, acrylic paint, tempera paint, fresco, ink, pencil, marble, bronze, clay, film are all mediums.

DRAWINGis a means of making an image, using any of a wide variety of tools and techniques.

PAINTINGis the practice of applying pigment suspended in a carrier (or medium) and a binding agent (a glue) to a surface (support) such as paper, canvas or a wall.

PRINTMAKINGis creating for artistic purposes an image on a matrix which is then transferred to a two-dimensional (flat) surface by means of ink (or another form of pigmentation).

PHOTOGRAPHYis the process of making pictures by means of the action of light.

FILMMAKINGis the process of making a motion-picture, from an initial conception and research, through scriptwriting, shooting and recording, animation or other special effects, editing, sound and music work and finally distribution to an audience; it refers broadly to the creation of all types of films, embracing documentary, strains of theatre and literature in film, and poetic or experimental practices, and is often used to refer to video-based processes as well.

COMPUTER ARTis any art in which computers played a role in production or display of the artwork

SCULPTUREis three-dimensional artwork created by shaping or combining hard materials - typically stone such as marble - or metal, glass, or wood.

Plastic artsis a term, now largely forgotten, encompassing art forms which involve physical manipulation of a plastic medium by moulding or modeling such as sculpture or ceramics.

Mixed mediarefers to an artwork in the making of which more than one medium has been employed.

PERFORMING ARTSare those forms of art which differ from the plastic arts insofar as the former uses the artist's own body, face, and presence as a medium, and the latter uses materials such as clay, metal or paint which can be molded or transformed to create some physical art object.



is an element of art which refers to the continuous mark made on some surface by a moving point. It may be two dimensional line or it may be a three dimensional line or implied .

Contour Lines

Actual Lines

Implied Line

SHAPEis an enclosed space defined by other elements of art. Shapes may be geometric (triangle, rectangle, circle...) or have an organic or natural character (trees, leaves, rocks, puddles...).




Positive and Negative Shape

Figure-Ground Reversals

COLORit is the range of visual light in the spectrum and properties of the pigments used in making visual art.HUE - the name of the color (green , yellow , etc.)INTENSITY - is the amount of pigment or saturation . (brightness , dullness ,etc.)VALUE - the lightness or darkness of the color.

Warm Colors

Cool Color

Local Color

Optical Colors

FORMis an element of art that is three-dimensional and encloses volume.(Cubes, spheres,and cylinders)

SPACE is the area occupied by an object or the area formed by the absence of an object(s).

Linear Perspective

Aerial Perspective

RHYTHMis patterned organization of colors, lines, textures, or combinations of art elements that create a pleasing effect. A visual rhythm will lead the eye from one area to another in a rhythmical and orderly manner.

BALANCEis the perception of equilibrium between the elements in the piece of art.



Radial Balance


is the focal point of interest in a piece created by accenting or exaggerating a specific area or art element to create greater interest.

CONTRASTis the comparison of two elements that appear different (values of light and dark, hues...). Strong contrasts are the most dissimilar examples of an art element (dark - light, black - white).


Alliance of Artists' Communities

Supports nonprofit artists' communities and residency programs. Find a directory of members and an official publication.

Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass

Group promoting interest in contemporary glass art. Contains news, events, links to resources, and membership information.


Art League

Washington, DC-based nonprofit group works to promote high standards for local arts. Find details on classes they offer and visit the gallery.

Association of Western Australian Art Galleries

Organization based in Western Australia hosts art shows and events supporting the artists and galleries of this region.

Universes in Universe - Worlds of Art

Link to resources on contemporary art in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Pacific Islands. Lists international events.

College Art Association, The

Promotes excellence in scholarship and teaching in the history and criticism of the visual arts. Contains news, publications, and conferences.

Carrington Foundation for Public Art

Non-profit organization dedicated to placing metal sculptures in public places offers news updates, photos of installations, and

National Arts Program, The

Visual arts exhibit and awards program for municipal employees and their families is sponsored by The National Arts Program Foundation.

Palmerston North Community Arts Council

Community-based organization that supports arts and cultural events in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council

Organization based in Pleasanton, CA offers advocacy for local performing and visual artists. Find news updates and an events calendar.

Pre-Columbian Art Research Institute

PARI supports and carries on research and exploration of Mesoamerican civilizations, their art, archaeology and glyphic texts.

San Francisco Art Dealers Association

Nonprofit organization is comprised of 31 Bay Area galleries, and promotes public interest in visual arts.Tour the member galleries.

Western States Arts Federation

Art jobs, art resources, literary links and more to help all kind of artists. Westaf works for the advancement of the arts in the American West.

Art & Science Collaborations, Inc.Encourages artists and scientists to use technology to explore new forms of creative expression. List award grants and events.Artists Rights SocietyOriginally founded in France, this organization helps artists in Europe and the United States protect their copyrighted works. Learn about laws and membership.ArtPRIDENew Jersey's primary arts advocacy agency. Direct access to your legislators, a forum for discussion, and a source of technical assistance.Arts Partnership of Greater Hancock CountyOhio-based organization supports visual and performing arts in the Greater Hancock County. Find details on shows, workshops, and membership.

Colorado Council on the ArtsRead an overview of the services and programs offered by the state agency, find details on grants and awards, and view works by area artists.Columbia College, China Arts ExchangeNon-profit promotes interest and exchange in the arts of China and the United States. Explore academic programs.KulturbroBiennal for art and culture is the result of a joint Swedish-Danish initiative. Review events, news and a description of the foundation.

Myths & Facts About National Support of the ArtsList of statements and responses emphasizes how badly arts funding is needed in the United States.National Gallery - Teaching Resources and Loan ProgramsDetails the National Gallery's free-loan teaching programs, circulation and loan options, affiliate loans, and contact information.New Art NowForum connects artists with the global art market. Browse the work of both emerging and established artists.New York State Council on the ArtsExamine the council's five year plan for continuing support of the art world in New York, download grant applications, or find job opportunities.

Nomads 1800Community arts outreach program. Documents the lives and art works from homeless and runaway youth living in America.Official Assoc. of Science Fiction and Fantasy ArtistsNon-profit organization for amateur and professional artists post announcements, news and member artwork. Includes a collection of related links.Orange County ArtsNetOffers a guide to arts facilities and events in Orange County, California.San Francisco Art Dealers AssociationNonprofit organization is comprised of 31 Bay Area galleries, and promotes public interest in visual arts.Tour the member galleries.Western States Arts FederationArt jobs, art resources, literary links and more to help all kind of artists. Westaf works for the advancement of the arts in the American West.