Plastic art: what are the different components?

The concept of fine art is often little known or only known by those working in the field. Thus, it is legitimate to ask what is fine art, and what are its components?

Notion of the Plastic Arts

The plastic arts are in rivalry with the visual arts and represent the opposite form. Essentially, it is a set of practices which, through palpable forms, represent art in all its forms. We can simply speak here of the materialisation of art in the form of objects made of various materials. Originally, everything related to modelling such as ceramics, sculpture, etc. was called plastic art. This practice dates back to the Middle Ages, but has diversified into modern art and is much more experimental. Those who practise this art are called plastic artists and often use materials such as plastic in all its forms. In addition, making or malleable metals are also the subject of materials of the plastic arts. The recognition of this art is such that the schools of fine arts teach them in France since 1969.

The components of plastic art

The main components of plastic art are taught in high schools or in fine arts schools. They represent selection criteria and are three in number: the plastic component, the theoretical component and the cultural composition. The first component involves the ability to implement the project, but also to see if the project serves as an experiment or proposes creation. The second component, called theoretically, consists of dialoguing with the project, finding its essence, and placing the project in the world of plastic art. The third component is the cultural one, which aims to place one's model in a given culture and to find a relationship with pure sensitivity. These components evolve during professionalisation, but remain the foundation of the plastic arts.