Those creations we can look at.
The visual arts are: Works which are primarily visual in
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.
ELEMENTS OFVISUAL ART
L I N E
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 .
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,
Positive and Negative Shape
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.
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).
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.
is the focal point of interest in a piece created by accenting
or exaggerating a specific area or art element to create greater
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 -
ORGANIZATIONSOF VISUAL ARTS
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.
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
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
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
Pre-Columbian Art Research Institute
PARI supports and carries on research and exploration of
Mesoamerican civilizations, their art, archaeology and glyphic
San Francisco Art Dealers Association
Nonprofit organization is comprised of 31 Bay Area galleries,
and promotes public interest in visual arts.Tour the member
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