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Define visual art.
Differentiate the visual arts from other forms of creative expression
List the different media of visual art, such as painting, sculpture, photography, and so on.
Define the meaning of historical, social, and aesthetic values and eras in visual art.
Discuss factors that influence the way people interpret works of visual art as a cultural value.

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Defining visual arts as opposed to other arts.

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Define visual art.
visual arts
the arts created primarily for visual perception, as drawing, graphics, painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts.
From Web based reference: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/visual+arts

My own personal definition is this: the products of human creativity in creating, interpreting and/or altering nature and/or human mood or experience, to be interpreted by viewers in a primarily (but not limited to) visual form.

This definition eliminates animal-created art, a lovely sunset, and expressions of artistic endeavor not primarily visual, such as music or dance, as visual art. An excellent debate on the meaning and definition of ART is contained on the following site: http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/art-definition.htm#whatisart

Differentiate the visual arts from other forms of creative expression. Visual art is primarily visual in interpretation, not time/spatial, as is dance, or aural, as is music, although those can be incorporated into works of visual art. Literature is ...

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