What is art? This is not an easy question. In our daily lives, sometimes it's difficult to differentiate what is art from non-art. How much of the human experience is art? Here is my definition:
Art is any object or phenomenon that has aesthetic qualities or evokes surreal emotion
This is not a precise definition because the words 'aesthetic' and 'surreal' are subjective. Aesthetics has to do with the appreciation of beauty. Surreal has to do with the unreal and bizarre. I believe these two adjectives (aesthetic and surreal) together create an accurate definition for the word 'art'.
The rest of this post is a collection of definitions of art from dictionaries.
Definitions of art from dictionaries
1. "skill acquired by experience, study, or observation"
2. "an occupation requiring knowledge or skill"
3. "the conscious use of skill and creative imagination"
4. "decorative or illustrative elements in printed matter"
5. "the quality, production, expression, or realm according to aesthetic principles"
6. "the class of objects subject to aesthetic criteria"
7. "the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination"
8. "the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature and dance"
9. "subjective of study primarily concerned with human creativity and social life"
10. "a skill at doing a specified thing, typically one acquired through practice"
11. "the making or doing of something whose purpose is to bring pleasure to people through their enjoyment of what is beautiful or interesting"
12. "consists of paintings, sculpture, and other pictures or objects that are created for people to look at and admire or think deeply about"
Oxford Learner's Dictionaries
13. "the use of the imagination to express ideas or feelings particularly in painting, drawing or sculpture"
14. "the expression of ideas and emotions through a physical medium, like painting, sculpture, film, dance, writing, photography, or theater"
15. "the creation of beautiful or significant things"
16. "a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation"
17. "the conscious use of the imagination in the production of objects intended to be contemplated or appreciated as beautiful"
18. "a skill that is attained by study, practice or observation"