The fine arts are those that emphasize aesthetic concept over practical application. The five major fine arts were originally painting, sculpture, architecture, music and poetry, but have evolved to comprise many other disciplines as well, including drama, dancing, assemblage, installation, calligraphy, theater, photography, printmaking and others.

Fine arts encompass both two dimensional and three dimensional works. Two dimensional works of art can be illustrations, paintings and drawings, mosaics, print making and photography. Three dimensional artwork, on the other hand, is exemplified by sculpture. Yet other forms of art rely more on performance, as is the case of dance, theater and film. Other performing arts that are also considered fine art are classical music and avant garde music.

Lately, some disciplines that weren’t seen as art, have increasingly been vying for that distinction, such as video games. So called art games have been a controversial subject, however. While on the one hand video games do incorporate many elements of a clear artistic nature, such as graphics and music, on the other hand, the final result as a whole is looked down upon by art purists.

Regardless of the outcome of this debate, it is doubtful that video games will reach the same status as music or literature, but they do serve to demonstrate the flexibility of the fine arts. It is, after all, the purpose of art to be innovative and promote creativity. If it’s not thought provoking in some way or another, then it is hardly art at all.