The visual arts involve any type of art that can be seen. Visual art
thus includes fine art, photography, and architectural design, as well as
interior design, fashion design, and decorative arts and crafts.
Fine art may include paintings, drawings, sculpture, and even computer
art. Photography is the art produced from the photographer's view
through the lens of a camera. Architectural and interior design arts
produce plans of structures and their interior layout, perhaps with the
assistance of CAD software. Architects and interior designers often
incorporate current technologies, integrate cutting-edge materials, and
consider cultural issues in their designs. Fashion design includes
not only drawing apparel design concepts, but also designing textiles and
constructing them into attractive looking clothing and accessories.
Decorative arts and crafts are often visual art that is handmade with a
decorative or functional purpose. These may include fiber art,
ceramic or glass art, and art from metal fabrication.
artist or art patron will exhibit his or her art collection
to the public at an art gallery. The Gallery Guide lists art
galleries and their calendar of art exhibitions and events.
You may enjoy famous art collections and exhibitions in museums like the
Museum of Fine Arts in
of Art in New York, the
of Chicago Museum in Chicago, or the
J. Paul Getty
Museum in Los Angeles.
Browsing through any museum of art provides a feast for the eyes.
Paintings, sculptures, and other works made from a variety of materials
fill the galleries. As we study a piece of artwork, we can try to
interpret what the artist was trying to visually express.
Visual art may be self-taught or require training at a qualified college
or university, depending on the level of professional certifications or
licenses required. Careers as a visual artist range from the painter
with a personal studio to an architect working for a major
architectural firm. The United States Department of Education
features an online index of
visual arts learning resources from various government and
The following websites deal with visual arts subjects and products.
Our visual arts-related video resources include an artist
using a studio easel to hold an oil painting canvas and another artist
marking an oil painting with the edge of a putty knife.
- Camera Shops
Digital cameras, SLR cameras, camcorders, and photographic equipment.
- Digital Camcorders
Camcorders, digital video cameras, and camcorder accessories.
Artist supplies, art easels, drafting supplies, and drafting tables.
- Embroidery Machines
Embroidery designs, patterns, machines, and software.
- Fine Art Prints
Fine art prints, custom framed art, and art reproductions.
- Large Format Printers
Large format printers for technical and graphics professionals.
- Photo Printers
Photo-quality printers for personal and professional use.
- Royalty Free Photos
Royalty-free and rights-protected photographs and clip art.
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