art

Art is the expression of ideas and emotions through a physical medium, like painting, sculpture, film, dance, writing, photography, or theatre. If you love the creative process, maybe you'll devote your life to art.

The definition of art is constantly changing and evolving to include different types of activity, and the question “What is art?” has been discussed for thousands of years. Some people believe that art is the attempt to create beautiful objects, while others call art all of the works that appear in a gallery or museum, whether beautiful or ugly. Art can also mean a specific skill you’ve learned, like the art of baking a delicious pie.

Definitions of art
  1. noun
    the creation of beautiful or significant things
    art does not need to be innovative to be good”
    “I was never any good at art
    “he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully”
    synonyms: artistic creation, artistic production
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    arts and crafts
    the arts of decorative design and handicraft
    ceramics
    the art of making and decorating pottery
    decalcomania
    the art of transfering designs from specially prepared paper to a wood or glass or metal surface
    decoupage
    the art of decorating a surface with shapes or pictures and then coating it with vanish or lacquer
    drafting, draftsmanship, drawing
    the creation of artistic pictures or diagrams
    glyptography
    carving or engraving (especially on stones)
    gastronomy
    the art and practice of choosing and preparing and eating good food
    origami
    the Japanese art of folding paper into shapes representing objects (e.g., flowers or birds)
    painting
    creating a picture with paints
    perfumery
    the art of making perfumes
    printmaking
    artistic design and manufacture of prints as woodcuts or silkscreens
    carving, sculpture
    creating figures or designs in three dimensions
    topiary
    making decorative shapes by trimming shrubs or trees
    handicraft
    a craft that requires skillful hands
    distemper
    a method of painting in which the pigments are mixed with water and a binder; used for painting posters or murals or stage scenery
    fresco
    a durable method of painting on a wall by using watercolors on wet plaster
    impasto
    painting that applies the pigment thickly so that brush or palette knife marks are visible
    modeling, modelling, molding, moulding
    a preliminary sculpture in wax or clay from which a finished work can be copied
    pyrography
    the act of producing drawings on wood or leather by using heated tools or a fine flame
    tracing
    the act of drawing a plan or diagram or outline
    oil painting
    the art or method of painting with oil paints
    water-color, water-colour, watercolor, watercolour
    the art or technique of painting with watercolors
    engraving, etching
    making engraved or etched plates and printing designs from them
    serigraphy
    the act of making a print by the silkscreen method
    lithography
    the act of making a lithographic print
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    creation, creative activity
    the human act of creating
  2. noun
    the products of human creativity; works of art collectively
    “an art exhibition”
    “a fine collection of art
    synonyms: fine art
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    artificial flower
    a handmade imitation of a blossom
    commercial art
    art used for commercial purposes (as in advertising)
    cyberart
    art that is produced with the help of computer hardware and software
    decoupage
    art produced by decorating a surface with cutouts and then coating it with several layers of varnish or lacquer
    diptych
    a painting or carving (especially an altarpiece) on two panels (usually hinged like a book)
    gem, treasure
    art highly prized for its beauty or perfection
    genre
    a class of art (or artistic endeavor) having a characteristic form or technique
    graphic art
    the arts of drawing or painting or printmaking
    grotesque
    art characterized by an incongruous mixture of parts of humans and animals interwoven with plants
    kitsch
    excessively garish or sentimental art; usually considered in bad taste
    mosaic
    art consisting of a design made of small pieces of colored stone or glass
    plastic art
    the arts of shaping or modeling; carving and sculpture
    triptych
    art consisting of a painting or carving (especially an altarpiece) on three panels (usually hinged together)
    work of art
    art that is a product of one of the fine arts (especially a painting or sculpture of artistic merit)
    dance
    an artistic form of nonverbal communication
    abstract art, abstractionism
    an abstract genre of art; artistic content depends on internal form rather than pictorial representation
    chinoiserie
    a style in art reflecting Chinese influence; elaborately decorated and intricately patterned
    folk art
    genre of art of unknown origin that reflects traditional values of a society
    genre painting
    a genre depicting everyday life
    graphics
    the drawings and photographs in the layout of a book
    landscape, landscape painting
    a genre of art dealing with the depiction of natural scenery
    magic realism
    a literary or artistic genre in which realistic narrative or meticulously realistic painting are combined with surreal elements of fantasy or dreams
    magnum opus
    a great work of art or literature
    modernism
    genre of art and literature that makes a self-conscious break with previous genres
    art object, objet d'art, piece
    a work of art of some artistic value
    naive art, outsider art, primitive art, self-taught art, vernacular art
    a genre of art and outdoor constructions made by untrained artists who do not recognize themselves as artists
    painting, picture
    graphic art consisting of an artistic composition made by applying paints to a surface
    pastiche
    a work of art that imitates the style of some previous work
    period piece
    any work of art whose special value lies in its evocation of a historical period
    pointillism
    a genre of painting characterized by the application of paint in dots and small strokes; developed by Georges Seurat and his followers in late 19th century France
    postmodernism
    genre of art and literature and especially architecture in reaction against principles and practices of established modernism
    primitivism
    a genre characteristic of (or imitative of) primitive artists or children
    print
    a picture or design printed from an engraving
    scene, view
    graphic art consisting of the graphic or photographic representation of a visual percept
    sculpture
    a three-dimensional work of plastic art
    synthetism
    a genre of French painting characterized by bright flat shapes and symbolic treatments of abstract ideas
    warhorse
    a work of art (composition or drama) that is part of the standard repertory but has become hackneyed from much repetition
    extension
    the ability to raise the working leg high in the air
    choreography
    the representation of dancing by symbols as music is represented by notes
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    creation
    an artifact that has been brought into existence by someone
  3. noun
    photographs or other visual representations in a printed publication
    synonyms: artwork, graphics, nontextual matter
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    illustration
    artwork that helps make something clear or attractive
    drawing
    an illustration that is drawn by hand and published in a book, magazine, or newspaper
    pictorial matter, picture
    illustrations used to decorate or explain a text
    fig, figure
    a diagram or picture illustrating textual material
    frame, panel
    a single drawing in a comic strip
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    visual communication
    communication that relies on vision
  4. noun
    a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation
    “the art of conversation”
    “it's quite an art
    synonyms: artistry, prowess
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    airmanship, aviation
    the art of operating aircraft
    eristic
    the art of logical disputation (especially if specious)
    falconry
    the art of training falcons to hunt and return
    fortification
    the art or science of strengthening defenses
    homiletics
    the art of preaching
    horology
    the art of designing and making clocks
    minstrelsy
    the art of a minstrel
    musicianship
    artistry in performing music
    enology, oenology
    the art of wine making
    puppetry
    the art of making puppets and presenting puppet shows
    taxidermy
    the art of mounting the skins of animals so that they have lifelike appearance
    telescopy
    the art of making and using telescopes
    ventriloquism, ventriloquy
    the art of projecting your voice so that it seems to come from another source (as from a ventriloquist's dummy)
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    superior skill
    more than ordinary ability
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