Visual Art Essay

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Introduction
Visual art is a term that is broad in meaning and describes an array of different elements that make up the category of what is depicted as art and what Americans transcend from art to be of philosophical value. Throughout American history, humans have been fascinated with the aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, and logic of art, and have adopted their understanding of these philosophies through global, historical, societal, and cultural context of the visual arts as a beginning form of language. Through communication within the arts, Americans have gained a conceptual understanding of philosophy which connects them to life experiences and nature.
Thus “the language of the visual arts like the other arts is feeling:
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The visual arts is defined by Encarta Dictionary: English North America (2013) as the “arts that are perceived by sight,” which includes renderings, paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, and other visual design or imagery. Encyclopedia Britannica (2013) defines the philosophy of art as the study of the nature of art, including such concepts as interpretation, representation and expression, and form (p.1).
American philosophy can be defined as reflecting and shaping collective American identity over the history of the nation (Boersema, 2011). Other philosophical terms that relate to the nature of the visual arts in influencing an individual 's vision, viewpoint, ideologies and perception on modern American philosophy, include aesthetics-- “why and how there is beauty and the arts,” epistemology --“why and how individuals know,” ethics-- “why and how people are moral and have moral systems,” metaphysics-“why and how people have reality and being,” and logic--“why and how there is logic and reasoning” (Jewell, 2006, p. 10). These terms are an essential part of how we think and use art to communicate and perceive not only who we are as human beings, but how we learn to accept and understand other cultures, societies, history, and the global context of life through the evolution of visual art. All of these terms are used to describe the elements of the visual world of art, whether they are used indirectly, directly, subconsciously, or consciously to describe, critique, analyze, or understand how to appreciate the fulfillment the visual arts

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