The word "fine" does not so much denote the quality of the artwork in question, but the purity of the discipline. The visual arts has been described as a more inclusive and descriptive phrase for current art practice. Also, today there is an escalation of media in which high art is more recognized to occur.
An art illustration is like a drawing, painting, photograph or other work of art that stresses subject more than form. The point or aim of the illustration is to elucidate or decorate textual information; for instance a story, poem or newspaper.
Drawing is a form of visual expression and is one of the major forms within the visual arts. Common instruments include graphite pencils, pen and ink, inked brushes, wax color pencils, crayons, charcoals, chalk, pastels, markers, stylus, or various metals like silverpoint. Mosaics are images formed with small pieces of stone or glass, called tesserae. They can be decorative or functional. An artist who designs and makes mosaics is called a mosaic artist or a mosaicist.
Fiber art is a style of fine art which uses textiles such as fabric, yarn, and natural and synthetic fibers. It focuses on the materials and on the manual labour involved as part of its significance
Fine art photography refers to photographs that are created to fulfill the creative vision of the artist. Fine art photography stands in contrast to photojournalism and commercial photography. Photojournalism provides visual support for stories, mainly in the print media. Fine art photography is created primarily as an expression of the artist’s vision, but has also been important in advancing certain causes
Sculpture is three-dimensional artwork created by shaping hard or plastic material, commonly stone (either rock or marble), metal, or wood. Some sculptures are created directly by carving; others are assembled, built up and fired, welded, molded, or cast. Because sculpture involves the use of materials that can be moulded or modulated, it is considered one of the plastic arts. The majority of public art is sculpture. Many sculptures together in a garden setting may be referred to as a sculpture garden.
Conceptual art is art in which the concept(s) or idea(s) involved in the work take precedence over traditional aesthetic and material concerns. The inception of the term in the 1960s referred to a strict and focused practice of idea-based art that often defied traditional visual criteria associated with the visual arts in its presentation as text. However, through its association with the Young British Artists and the Turner Prize during the 1990s, its popular usage, particularly in the UK, developed as a synonym for all contemporary art that does not practice the traditional skills of painting and sculpture.
I attended the social networking event at the Thapong Arts Village this Saturday and I say some beautiful art pieces from sculptures, to print, to sketches and oil paintings. I was in awe as I recognised some of Joseph Piet works, and thought of Ann Gollifers artworks, she recently had an exhibition as well – she uses a blend of film, photography and print and my high school art teacher Steve Jobson who has become one of Botswana’s leading artists. I had a random thought: when people buy houses or build houses or even rent them, do they think about what artworks they want in their houses? Do they know where to look? Is it a culture thing perhaps...? Some people are content with not having a single piece of artwork in their houses, not even those framed pictures with the vase on the table – remember those? For those that are now, I would say we need to support our local artists. It is a relevant tune to sing constantly, but note this: the arts contribute immensely to shaping the cultural national identity. LIVE, FREE , GROW ARTS!!!