What Is Traditional Art?

By Amie Comeau ; Updated September 15, 2017
Traditional art has a geographic reference.

Traditional art is culturally significant. Fine art references to European traditions are in oil paintings, sculpture or architecture. Traditional Latin American art describes the indigenous cultures that produce baskets, masks and pottery as well as paintings. Traditional art symbols incorporate native myths or stories.

Architecture

Statues are traditional art of Europe.

Examples of traditional art are found in types and styles of housing. Architecture strongly links geography and art.

Pottery

Pottery is a traditional art in many cultures.

Decorative pottery is stylized according to geography and culture. Greek vessels of pottery and Native American earthenware pottery are examples of traditional art forms.

Painting

Silk painting is a traditional art of Asia.

Painting in oils and acrylics is traditionally considered a European art form. Asian paintings have traditions of silk and rice paper painting.

Drama

Theater and ceremony are types of art representative of culture. Theater is art that defines social norms.

Masks

Traditional art forms of masks are found in many cultures.

Traditional arts of Africa, Asia and America include masks for ceremony and decoration.

About the Author

Amie Comeau first published writing and photography in 1998. Her images appear on Fine Art America, and her writing appears on eHow and Answerbag. Comeau studied art therapy at the University of New Mexico and teaches integrative yoga therapy. She has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Tulane University.