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What's the difference between "arts" and "crafts"?

Is it functionality?

Is it "high" vs. "low"?

Is it price?

What do you think?


Asked by MamaK88 at 6:33 PM on Dec. 6, 2008 in Hobbies & Crafts

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Answers (6)
  • I had an art teacher who said art existed solely for the sake of art whereas crafts were art with function. So, a piece of pottery used as a vase is a craft, etc. Under her definition, though, a Frank Lloyd Wright home would also be a craft as opposed to art and I beg to differ.

    Answer by dsteiner23 at 6:31 PM on Dec. 8, 2008

  • From The Hubs (who is quite artsy):

    "Crafts are more like basket weaving, and using paper and glue and stuff... arts are with like paint and metal."

    There, does that help?

    Answer by jellyphish at 6:47 PM on Dec. 6, 2008

  • haha...this Q made me think of my sister. When she was 2 she called it the "hearts and crabs" store! We still call it Hearts and crabs!

    Answer by momof030404 at 9:30 PM on Dec. 6, 2008

  • i agree with jellyphish, when i think of arts i think of expensive paintings and sculpters. and crafts i think of knitting, beading . or think of it this way arts are a career and crafts are a hobby

    Answer by lilybug524 at 10:22 PM on Dec. 6, 2008

  • I think crafts can be art but art is rarely crafts...does this make any sense?

    Answer by salexander at 10:52 AM on Dec. 11, 2008

  • Art serves no function (usually) except beautiful to look at and be inspired... a craft is a functional art.

    Answer by deenakate at 6:47 PM on Jan. 3, 2009