How technology is changing Visual arts

artcourse canberra
3 min readDec 13, 2018


The rise of technology has brought change in almost everything and everywhere now a days. Just like any other zones over the years technology have transitioned conventional visual art to digital art. From graphics designs to 3D printing, technology have changed and shaped visual art in all ways.

With technology opening more doors towards exploring the creative space, the modern technology has changed the way the artists’ work. Earlier artists used clay, cements and paints as mediums for their art pieces but now things have changed, the modern artists make use different software, digital art tools and imaging techniques to create and design their masterpiece. Some of the modern visual artists use 3D effects to transform and shape in their creative ideas to art. The advanced techniques and software let an artist shape in their vision and use up their creativity to create much more realistic art works compared to those made with traditional techniques.

To match up to the current rise of technological advancement a visual artist must adapt and learn to train themselves towards using technological tools in order to edge-up their skill and release creativity to craft in their art works effectively and innovatively.

Before we used to see many art galleries and exhibitions where different artists display their art pieces, but this is not much on trend charts nowadays with internet on the go artists have found a new way through online to exhibit their visual arts, they display and present their art pieces online and let the audience to see it for some time. Some of them even use coins or swipe cards to showcase their art works where a person can simply put in a coin or swipe in a card to see the art works in the panel for some time and it will be closed after few minutes then they will need to swipe in card or put in coin once more to see the art piece again.

Technology have indeed changed the look and feel of visual art in various medium. But with rising rate of hackers and reproduction of famous paintings with graphics alterations, the traditional artists are still concerned with the authenticity of the craft. With modern day artists getting more marinated into technology some believe that the rising advancements and software techniques are diminishing the creativity essence of an artist. But still amidst all the arguments and disagreements there are still some traditional artists who embrace the technology and use it to shape in their vision more creatively and innovatively. 81-year-old David Hockney, popular English painter, draftsman, stage designer, printmaker and photographer reclaimed his fame by using iPad as his main tool for creativity.

So, for now to sum it up we can say that technology has sown the seeds of change in visual arts classes also with roots spreading in all ways it can, but the fruit it reaps, sweet or sour? Only time will tell us.