Art is a wide spectrum of artistic activities between the production of purely aesthetic artifacts, such as paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramics, and prints, and the creation of artistic works, such as poetry, plays, songs, dance, and films. Art is an ever changing field which covers the world and has the ability to influence every part of human behavior from the individual to society.
There are different fields of study that have been developed to help people understand and appreciate art. The fields of Art History and Art Education are both highly specialized and often overlap. Art History is concerned with the evolution of artistic forms, while Art Education deals mainly with the teaching of art in the classroom.
The history of artistic forms is divided into four main periods: Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, and Post-Classical. Classical art is characterized by the style of art, known as Greek Art, that was created during the third century BC. This style included sculptures and architecture, along with the use of the most popular form of painting called the Impressionist style.
Art History is concerned with how the development of art has affected society in general and its effect on the individual artist. This can be illustrated in various ways. In the case of a specific form of art, such as painting, a great deal of information about the history of the style is available, while other aspects of the art can be more difficult to learn. However, for many forms of art, such as poetry, plays, and music, there is no such information available. In this case, a history of art can be useful in trying to understand how this style of art evolved and what it has meant for the individual artists.
Art Education is concerned with the different types of learning an individual is able to learn through their art. In general, there are three different types of learning styles, which include personal expression, group expression, and professional expression. Each type is associated with particular ways in which an art is viewed by an individual. Personal expression can be seen in the way that an individual views art, such as their emotions, thoughts, their personal likes and dislikes, and emotions that are related to a given subject, for example, whether they enjoy the colors and patterns in a work of art, or not. Group expression can be seen as a result of group experiences, for example, a family, a group of friends, a group of students, and so on.
As well as these three different styles, there are many more that fall into this category. Art is thought of as the expression of human emotion, so different types of art have different ways of portraying different emotions. Some art is focused on romance while some works of art focus on horror. Some of the major factors that determine the way that an individual looks at a work of art are its subject matter, the artist, and the audience, for example, how they view a particular painting or photograph. The type of audience is determined by what the artist is trying to convey by the use of color and pattern of the art, whether they are viewing art for pleasure or information. Finally, the artist must be able to communicate his or her thoughts, feelings, and emotions. An example of this is when a painting has a clear message, such as a death or birth symbol.