The arts represent an outlet of expression that is usually influenced by culture and which in turn helps to change culture. As such, the arts are a physical manifestation of the internal creative impulse. Major constituents of the arts include literature – including poetry, novels and short stories and epics; performing arts – among them music, dance and theatre; culinary arts such as baking, chocolatiering, and winemaking; media arts like photography and cinematography and visual arts – including drawing, painting, ceramics and sculpting. Some art forms combine a visual element with performance (e.g. film) and the written word (e.g. comics).
From prehistoric cave paintings to modern day films, art serves as a vessel for storytelling and conveying humankind's relationship with its environment.