art form

the more or less established structure, pattern, or scheme followed in shaping an artistic work: The sonata, the sonnet, and the novel are all art forms.
a medium for artistic expression: ballet, sculpture, opera, and other art forms.
a medium other than the artistic regarded as having highly developed or systematized rules, procedures, or formulations: international diplomacy regarded as an art form.

1865–70 Unabridged
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art form
1.  a conventionally established form of artistic composition, such as the symphony or the sonnet
2.  a recognized medium of artistic expression

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Example sentences
He's turned matching plant to container into an art form.
And to capture that rare view for reproduction can also prove to be an art form
  in itself.
Slides changed photography from an intimate art form to an educational and
  lecturing tool.
Bearden became a master of collage, an art form as complex, fragmented and
  many-layered as his life.
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