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.
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
The following websites deal with visual arts subjects and products.