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Purposes in Visual Art

Why was a piece of visual art created? What does it represent to the audience? We will study and explore the answers to these questions and others in art class by studying the purposes of visual art. They are listed below.

Ceremonial - artwork created for rituals, celebrations or to support worship ceremonies

Artistic Expression - artwork created to express or communicate emotions, ideas or feelings

Narrative - artwork created that tells stories, describes and illustrates experiences or communicates ideas or information ( art to document important or historical events )

Functional - artistic objects (or artwork) used in everyday life

- artwork created that promotes ideas, philosophies or products