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Art & Culture Essay
HUM 205
February 2012

 
Culture is all the forms of activity in a specific group of people who share traditions. It is the basis of all life. Art is how a person expresses their creativity and can take many forms. The four forms of art are the visual arts, music, literature and architecture. A visual art is anything that you can see and make observations about. The main components used to make visual arts are lines, shapes, textures, mass, form, colors, value and composition. A very common example of visual arts would be paintings. Architecture is also considered to be a form of the visual arts. Architecture is the design and construction of a structure, such as a religious monument. Next, we have literature. Literature is anything that can be read. It is divided into fiction and non-fiction, such as biographies and poetry. A good piece of literature has a plot line, establish a mood, and keep the reader’s interest all throughout the series of events. Lastly is music. Music is anything that can be heard. Music can serve many different purposes, depending on the style of music and the intended audience. For example, someone rocking a baby to sleep would want a soft, soothing type of song rather than a hard rock or metal song, where as someone who was working out would want a fast, upbeat song to keep them going. Overall, an artist strives to tell a story. Everything an artist makes is made to give out a message and it is up to us to determine what that message is. Art keeps society interesting and it changes how society sees things. Art lets us see the point of view of others and not just how we would see things. Art in all of its forms has helped form and change society and also effects how we may adapt to some things. Art and culture would not be complete with one another in our world.
References
Benton, J. R., & DiYanni, R. (2008). Arts and Culture: An Introduction to the Humanities, Combined Volume (3rd ed.).
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