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What is the Difference between Visual Arts and Performing Arts?  How can each be used in Cultural Events?


Performing arts is a form of art where artists use their voices, and bodies to convey a message or artistic expression.  It is different from visual arts, in which an artist use paint, canvas and various materials to create art objects.

The visual Arts gives a way to express feeling, emotion, opinion, or taste through visual means, for instance, photography, painting, sculpting and drawing.

Performing Arts have ways to express an opinion, emotion, feeling, or taste, through means of performance, like, theatre, public speech, dance, music, and more.

There are other forms of art too; Culinary Art expresses personality, and culture, as well as, atmosphere through the creation of taste and composition of food on the plate.  Poetry and writing fall in a category of art called written art.

Visual Arts, a Definition:

Visual arts are primarily created for Aesthetic Purposes, and judged for its beauty and meaningfulness.  Visual Arts include painting, sculpture, watercolour, graphics, drawing and architecture.  Also falling in the Visual Arts category is; music, poetry, film, photography, conceptual art and printmaking.  People in this field are termed, artists.


Performing Arts, a Definition:

Performing arts are basically arts or skills that require a performance in front of a public audience.  Examples are acting, singing and dancing.  Other forms of the Performing Arts include opera, theatre, magic or illusion performances, mime, spoken word, recitation and public speaking.  People in this field are termed, performers.

In some ways, all forms of art will have certain aspects that can be found in all of them.  The force behind art forms might be the same, but, it is the way in which it is relayed, that is different.  Performing artists use their body or voice to convey the artistic expression needed to be shown.  Visual Arts can be defined as something that is created through doing something with your hands.

In both art niches, you can convey cultural messages.  Visual art can depict historic places on canvas or through photography, whereas, performing arts can display cultural stories through dance and also through constructing scenes of long ago on a stage.  Song and Dance are usually main ingredients in cultural tradition.