Gouvernement du Manitoba

Arts Education

Visual Arts

The Nature of the Visual Arts Discipline

Art enriches a vibrant culture and is integral to human life. It has the power to illuminate, deepen, and broaden human experience. art surrounds people everywhere. The work of artists, artisans, and designers has an impact on daily experience, helps define and express individual and collective identities, and shapes, reflects, and comments upon societal and cultural values.

Art is a multimodal, cross-cultural literacy and expressive art form. The ways of knowing through the visual arts include cognitive, physical, affective, intuitive, and spiritual modes. The visual arts embody and express ideas, feelings, and meaning. Art communicates within and across cultural, societal, historical, and even pre-historical contexts. It helps people appreciate and connect with others, past and present, as well as understand and celebrate their own distinctiveness.