Art, as defined by the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary is:
1: skill acquired by experience, study, or observation
2 a : a branch of learning: (1) : one of the humanities (2) plural : LIBERAL ARTS b archaic : LEARNING, SCHOLARSHIP 3 : an occupation requiring knowledge or skill
4 a : the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects; also : works so produced b (1) : FINE ARTS (2) : one of the fine arts (3) : a graphic art 5 a archaic : a skillful plan b : the quality or state of being artful 6 : decorative or illustrative elements in printed matter
(Merriam-Webster 2005 Online Dictionary) For the subject of Dance I have chosen to look at the website of the New York City Ballet at http://www.nycballet.com/nycballet/homepage.asp?4455. Ballet is a very formal or classical style of dance. Ballet has been around for a very long time and truly is an art form in the way the body moves through time and space. Ballet is considered art under definition 1 because it is something that is learned through repetition and experience. For the subject of Visual Art I direct your attention to the website of St. John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Church at http://www.stjohngoc.org. My wife is the webmaster and the person that designed this website from nothing. She put together the lines, the palette and the design of the website. Definition 4(3) shows us that the website is considered graphic art because the webmaster had to use imagination and skill to build the website. For the subject of music I looked at the Metropolitan Opera at http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/home.aspx. Music is an art form that has existed since the beginning of time. The opera is considered an art form under definition 1 because it is a skill that is learned through practice. For the subject of film we should look at the website for the Passion of the Christ at http://www.thepassionofthechrist.com/splash.htm. This is a contemporary film of...
Cited: Merriam-Webster (2005). Definition of Art. Merriam Webster Online Dictionary. Retrieved August 26, 2005 from http://www.m-w.com/
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