The artistic activities are those that the human being performs in order to communicate through aesthetics, leaving aside the criteria of minimal expression that other forms of communication such as language have. For instance: architecture, theater, narrative, digital art.
Through these activities the emotions, the ideas or even the vision of the world that a person can have, making use of different plastic, sound, linguistic or corporal resources.
Artistic activities represent creations of an imaginary view of the world, and you don’t have to keep any reliability with something strictly. Whoever performs an artistic activity is called an artist.
Classification of the arts
The broad definition of art is associated with the enormous amount of artistic activities that exist. It is usually separated into different groups:
- visual arts. Visual content is the one that prevails, and the viewer becomes an observer.
- plastic arts. It is also diffused through sight, but the creation of the work is through the transformation of matter, leaving aside the expressions that what they do is capture a portion of reality.
- Performing arts. They are practiced in a scenic space through the movement of the body. The body of the artists takes, for the duration of the performance, a role other than the one it has on its own.
- Sound arts. They manipulate sounds and silences as the main element, and are perceived through hearing. Viewers are listeners.
- Literary arts. The works that are made through the manipulation of the word. The sense by which it is processed is that of sight, but conditional on the linguistic skills necessary to understand the work (knowing how to read and understand how to understand). Since language is also oral, it can be processed through the ear.
The different types of art account for the scope of the term. Is about disciplines where the artist must have certain minimum knowledge and skills, and then have the ability to give those skills an expression of their own. It is a recurring debate if some disciplines that do not quite reach to be of this type can be considered art because it is more about skills in themselves, such as medicine, cooking, martial arts or fishing.
Examples of artistic activities
- Video game
- Body art
- Digital art
Why are artistic activities important?
Artistic activities are essential for the social development of people, especially from an early age.
The motor development, linguistic, cognitive, social and emotional of children have a special support when they approach artistic activities from the first years, in an activity of which the child does not take dimension of its scope, but in the first years it is limited to consider it as a space where you can do something with freedom and choice.
Later the child begins to be able to express with art his vision of the world, being able to start new artistic activities in addition to those he usually knows first (play dough, or drawing with his fingers).
In the case of Adults, many times it has been tried to unveil what art is for, or what is the reason why throughout humanity people have been interested in these disciplines: the evidence of cave paintings, as graphic representations of the oldest peoples in history are a clear example of this.
It is common for doctors to use art for therapeutic purposes, and from this it is that the concept -for example- of the music therapy, the use of the elements of music (sound, rhythm, melody) to facilitate communication, expression or learning in clinical patients.