Is There a Difference Between Art and Craft?

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How do we come to view objects and artifacts as art? What terms and ideas do we associate with craft instead? The distinction between art and craft may be subtle, but has profound roots in art history and the development of western culture. Discover the transition that was made from the medieval world of craft guild statutes to the birth of Renaissance humanism and the practice of placing greater value on individual creativity. 

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  • Great video to illustrate depth and breadth of visual arts
  • Instructor may wish to periodically pause the video to clarify concepts, as it moves through material quickly
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