A good definition of
is given by the Free Dictionary as "imaginative, creative, andnonscientific branches of knowledge considered collectively, esp. as studied academically."
The singular term
is defined by theIrish Art Encyclopediaas follows: "Art is createdwhen an artist creates a beautiful object, or produces a stimulating experience that isconsidered by his audience to have artistic merit."
So, one could conclude that
is the process that leads to a product (the artwork or piece of art), which is then examined andanalyzed by experts in the field of
or simply enjoyed by those who appreciate
The same source states:Art is a global activity which encompasses a host of disciplines, as evidenced by the range of words and phrases which have been invented to describe its various forms. Examples of such phraseology include:
, and so on.The term
commonly refers to the "Visual Arts," as an abbreviation of
. For example, the
is described as "the history of the visual arts of painting,sculpture and architecture. It is the history of one of the fine arts, others of which are the performing arts and literature. It is also one of the humanities. The term sometimesencompasses theory of the visual arts, including aesthetics." In the article for
,weread:Confusion often occurs when people mistakenly refer to the Fine Arts but mean thePerforming Arts (Music, Dance, Drama, etc.). However, there is some disagreement here:e.g., at York University (Toronto, Canada) Fine Arts is a faculty that includes the [visual arts],design and the "Performing Arts".
Furthermore, creative writing is frequently considered afine art as well.To illustrate the previous statements, the College of Fine Arts at Stephen F. Austin StateUniversity (Nacogdoches, TX) consists of the Schools of "Art, Music and Theatre,"
More work will be required to standardize the use of the terms "art" and "fine art," but for the purpose of this article the definition of "the arts" is not problematic, because it includes all thearts. One artist has even suggested that "[it] would really simplify matters if we could all juststick with visual, auditory, performance or literary - when we speak of The Arts - andeliminate "Fine" altogether."