Sunday, October 5, 2008

Art versus Craft

The Paths of Arts & Crafts

Webster's Dictionary defines art as "skill acquired by experience, study, or observation" and "decorative or illustrative elements in printed matter." Craft is defined as "skill in planning, making, or executing" and connects craft to a trade or group of tradesmen.

From my experience and research, art is more 'open-ended' and requires the artist to make decisions and incorporate his or her own ideas. Craft often uses a 'recipe,' formula, or set of instructions. Crafts are often able to be reproduced in exact copies while art lends itself to being unique originals.

This discussion has come up in art and craft circles for ages. I have discussed this subject as an art student in college as well as with fellow teachers not in the art department. Just today, a friend and I considered this issue when discussing fair contest results and judging criteria...

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