The visual arts are art forms that are primarily visual in nature, such as traditional plastic arts (ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, architecture, and printmaking), modern visual arts (photography, video, and filmmaking), and design and crafts. These definitions should not be taken too strictly as many artistic disciplines involve aspects of the visual arts as well as arts of other types.



Art in Canada is marked by thousands of years of habitation by First Nations Peoples followed by waves of immigration which included artists of European origins and subsequently by artists with heritage from countries all around the world. The nature of Canadian art reflects these diverse origins, as artists have taken their traditions and adapted these influences to reflect the reality of their lives in Canada. The Government of Canada has at times played a central role in the development of Canadian culture, and the Group of Seven is often considered the first uniquely Canadian artistic group and style of painting.




Inside the ROM's crystal wing
Popular art museums in the Greater Toronto Area include the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, which is the spiritual home of the Group of Seven, situated on 40 hectares of conservation land in Kleinburg, Ontario and costs 12 dollars to visit for students. There is also the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, which was founded in 1984 by Canadian philanthropists George and Helen Gardiner, and is the first North American museum devoted to ceramic visual arts and ceramic research. Admission here is six dollars for full-time students with proper identification. This collection includes approximately 300 pre-Columbian artifacts, the largest and most comprehensive collection on display in Canada.

The Art Gallery of Ontario, often referred to as the AGO, is the eighth largest art museum in North America and for students with valid identification, admission is ten dollars. The gallery features collections from European and Canadian modern and contemporary art and the venue also houses social and cultural gatherings throughout the year. The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art has the objectives of collecting and exhibiting the best of Canadian contemporary visual art and admission here is pay what you can. For something closer to home with free admission, explore the Art Gallery of Mississauga, which has a permanent collection of over 400 works with a focus on Canadian artists. The Royal Ontario Museum's Michael Lee-Chin Crystal wing is itself a work of art, and the museum itself holds pieces of art from ancient China, Japan, and Korea, early Canada, and more!