The visual arts represent the human
spirit and condition in the form of pictures and
objects—photographs and sculptures, for example. In
essence, the visual artists says, "I have something
in my mind that I want to express in a way that
others might see it, too." And they set about to do
a painting, take a photo, make a video, or design an
The visual arts can be very "artsy"
and altruistic in nature. And it can be very
ordinary and highly commercial. Any one of the
visual arts can be a simple hobby or a challenging
and rewarding career.