All too often, art and craft are seen as the same thing. Today, you will even find the phrases combined into the generalized hobby of “arts & crafts.” Despite this common perception, however, art and craft are two very distinct forms of human creativity. Each have their own, unique strengths and specialties.
In a nutshell, one could describe the differences between art and craft as follows:
- Art is the use of various tools and materials in order to express an idea, emotion, or set of ideas and emotions.
- Craft is the use of various tools and materials with the sole purpose of creating a real, tangible product.
However, this distinction is too brief and nonspecific so let’s dive deeper into the unique characteristics of each one.
Artists, art historians, and art critics will all give you different answers to the troublesome question of “what is art?” These widely different definitions are part of what makes art so wonderful. It is a boundless medium of expression that can take on many different forms and meanings the imagination and conjure up. It is precisely this boundlessness which makes it so difficult to define. Continue reading “Differences between Art and Craft” »