The Arts Defined

220px-Hans_Rottenhammer_-_Allegory_of_the_Arts_-_WGA20147The arts refers to the theory and physical expression of creativity found in human societies and cultures.  Major constituents of the arts include literature (including drama, poetry, and prose), performing arts (among them dance, music, and theatre), and visual arts (including drawing, painting, filmmaking, architecture, ceramics, sculpting, and photography).

Some art forms combine a visual element with performance (e.g. cinematography) or artwork with the written word (e.g. comics).  From prehistoric cave paintings to modern day films, art serves as a vessel for storytelling and conveying humankind’s relationship with the environment.