Ch 34: Visual Arts, Music, Theatre & Dance

About This Chapter

Study these lessons to review the major characteristics of visual art, music, theatre and dance. This engaging chapter highlights key terms, principles, tools and instruments that are commonly used in the arts.

Visual Arts, Music, Theatre & Dance - Chapter Summary

This comprehensive chapter provides an overview of the arts, including visual art, music, dance and theatre. As you progress through the chapter, you'll come to understand the characteristics of these different types of art forms and learn about their historical and cultural significance. The chapter helps you get acquainted with art terminology, as well as the seven elements of art.

After completing this chapter's lessons, you should be able to:

  • Define the seven elements of art
  • Identify terms related to artistic media
  • Understand how art is used as a cultural representation
  • Recognize types of musical instruments
  • Know what tempo is in music
  • Describe theatre design principles
  • Assess the aspects of a theatrical production
  • Differentiate various styles of dance around the world
  • Evaluate the properties and relationships between 2D and 3D objects
  • List materials and tools used in visual art

This chapter breaks down art concepts into bite-sized chunks so you can easily remember essential definitions and concepts related to visual and performing arts. Taught by expert instructors, these lessons are crafted to give you the most important information as quickly and efficiently as possible. After completing the lessons, you can go back and review any specific concept you need to study further using the timeline tags. Lesson transcripts are available for supplemental study, and you can check your understanding of the material by using our interactive self-assessment quizzes. You can also access the chapter material at any time that's convenient.

10 Lessons in Chapter 34: Visual Arts, Music, Theatre & Dance
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Are the Seven Elements of Art? - Definition & Examples

1. What Are the Seven Elements of Art? - Definition & Examples

The elements of art are the building blocks of all art. Every piece of art ever created includes one or more of these elements. Learn about line, color, shape, form, value, space, and texture.

What Is a Medium in Art: Definition & Terms

2. What Is a Medium in Art: Definition & Terms

Explore one of the fundamental ideas in art that affects the creation, design, and reception of every work of art. Test your knowledge about artistic production and art history.

Art as a Representation of Culture

3. Art as a Representation of Culture

Why do anthropologists care about art? This lesson examines different approaches to art and how these expressions of culture are passed on from one generation to the next.

Musical Instruments: Types & History

4. Musical Instruments: Types & History

While hundreds of musical instruments exist, the vast majority can be placed into one of five categories, namely woodwind, brass, string, keyboard, and percussion. However, despite the broadness of the categories, each class of musical instrument developed in entirely different ways.

Tempo: Definition and Uses in Musical Forms

5. Tempo: Definition and Uses in Musical Forms

How does the speed of a song affect our emotions? How can we determine the speed of a song just by looking at it? By learning about tempo, we can find out!

Principles of Theatrical Design

6. Principles of Theatrical Design

If you've ever been to the theater, you know it's about much more than just the acting on stage. The set design, costumes, lighting, and sound all go a great distance in making the show. In this lesson, we look at those principles of theatrical design.

Aspects of Theatre: Set, Stage & Crew

7. Aspects of Theatre: Set, Stage & Crew

This lesson introduces lesser known aspects of theatrical productions, including the vocabulary for stage components and directions, sets, and an overview of the crew and their functions.

Historical & Cultural Dance Styles Around the World

8. Historical & Cultural Dance Styles Around the World

Dance is a form of art, a language, and an evolving cultural expression. Learn about how dances have evolved in different cultures throughout history. Explore the way anthropologists investigate the meanings of dance in traditional cultures.

2D & 3D Objects: Properties & Relationships

9. 2D & 3D Objects: Properties & Relationships

Read this lesson to learn about the similarities and differences between a two-dimensional object such as a drawing on a sheet of paper and a three-dimensional object such as a basketball.

Visual Art: Materials & Tools

10. Visual Art: Materials & Tools

Have you ever painted a picture with watercolors or made a monster out of modeling clay? Visual artists use all kinds of equipment and work with a variety of materials, some of which we'll discuss in this lesson.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.