The arts refers to the human application and expression of creativity through skills and imagination in order to produce objects, environments and experiences.
The earliest surviving form of any of the arts are cave paintings, possibly from 70,000 BCE, but definitely from at least 40,000 BCE. The oldest known musical instrument, the Divje Babe flute, is also dated to at least 40,000 BCE, while the earliest surviving literature, the Instructions of Shuruppak and Kesh temple hymn among other Sumerian cuneiform tablets, are thought to only be from 2600 BCE.
Some art forms combine a visual element with performance (e.g. cinematography), or artwork with the written word (e.g. comics). Major constituents of the arts include visual arts (e.g., architecture, filmmaking, painting and sculpting), literature (e.g., fiction, non fiction, poetry and prose), and performing arts (e.g., dance, music, and theatre).