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What is the difference between Art & Crafts is a popular question many new creative entrants find difficult to answer!
Weaving, painting, sculpture, pottery, photography, embroidery, macrame, etc. which is art or craft? So many people don’t see any difference in them. But the fact is that art is different from the craft in a sense that art is a creative merit that comes from within, while on the contrary, the craft is skilled work, wherein there is an application of technique, that people learn through much practice.
We define the term ‘art’ is an expression and application of imagination, feelings, thoughts, ideas or any other human creativity, in a visual form, having aesthetic and emotional value. It includes painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, architecture, etc. It is an open-ended, unstructured form of work; that cannot be reproducible. ‘Monalisa,’ the famous painting, made by Leonardo DA Vinci is a great example of it.
A piece of art has an intended meaning that provokes a person’s feelings. It has a limitless expression and endless interpretation, which depends on the person.
The term ‘craft’ implies an activity involving skill and experience in the creation handmade tangible objects that fulfil a particular purpose. It is defined as the production of those objects that has utility for people. The purpose can be decorative or functional or both, depending on the use.
Craft is a product of the mind; that attracts people. It is a learned ability, which is acquired by a person through regular practice. It includes things made of hands like bird houses, mats, woven basket, embroidery, blankets, handbags, candles, jewellery, pottery, glass work and so on.
|BASIS FOR COMPARISON||ART||CRAFT|
|Meaning||An unstructured and boundless form of work, that expresses emotions, feelings and vision is called art.||Craft refers to an activity, which involves creation of tangible objects with the use of hands and brain.|
|Based on||Creative merit||Learned skills and technique|
|Serves||Aesthetic purpose||Decorative or functional purpose|
|Emphasizes||Ideas, feelings and visual qualities.||Right use of tools and materials.|
|Emergence||Heart and soul||Mind|
|Result of||Innate talent||Skill and experience|
The difference between art and crafts can be drawn clearly on the following grounds:
To sum up this article, we can say that art is something that expresses emotions or imagination. The craft has a tangible form (like moulding, carving, etc.). It is the creation of goods of a utilitarian nature, to serve a human purpose. Art appeals to the mind and makes the connection emotionally, whereas craft only attracts people.
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