The differentiation between art and craft:

Briefly, a craft is any form of creativity that lacks originality, or can be replicated from instructions or archetypes. Basically, all of those weaving things you did in gradeschool that your teachers praised you so much for, because you were a "natural artist."

An art stems from the concept of craft, but includes an added element of innovation or originality. Many have said that art is anything with no apparent purpose other than aesthetics- this is not true. Art can take the form of any craft touched with profound innovation, where profundity does not imply aesthetic alone.

It is the craft element of a piece of work that elicits simple emotion such as nostalgia or outrage, as the most basic of human emotion is not difficult to tease out, and such a thing can be done with a method that is duplicable through documentation.

For perspective, many young adults choose to migrate to a major city such as San Francisco or New York to attend an "Art School" such as the Academy of Art. Teaching art is an oxymoron, as the creative initiative would have stemmed from archetypes and proven methods- the stuff of a craft- rather than being of purely original, random inspiration. In this sense, Art schools are technically craft schools, and are useful in their supplement of foundations for art.

Many craftspeople claim to be artists, and often make money selling their acclaimed "art" to connoisseurs, though their success is more a display of insolence rather than talent, and when confronted about the artistic nature of their work they simply claim a single photo of a waiter "too profound to explain," a three-minute sap ballad "expresses their inner anguish," or that a blob of paint and rice randomly thrown on canvas is "Abstract." (Abstract painting and sculpture, much like free-form poetry and experimental music, rarely holds the form of art, as it is simply random. An artistic abstract concept still maintains structure, such as a defined rhythm structure, tonal density or predetermined lack thereof, or color and hue dynamics.)

The differentiation between a serious artist and a posing craftsperson is their level of modesty. When an artist holds a show, it will most likely be the only one they hold that year, and, most importantly, they don't set out to make a living of it. It may well happen if they are randomly successful, but there is no disappointment at never selling a piece because the art itself is a reward to have conceived.

Privileged upper-middle class student at AAU, who still claims to be "indie" even after submitting to standardized education- 2% probability of artistic talent.

Metalhead from a rural mountain town who's been playing from an early age- 5% probability of artistic talent.

Working-Class journalist with a love of Indian cuisine and horse racing- 8% probability of artistic talent.

Line cook in a shitty restaurant who despises his workplace but loves his job- 60% probability of artistic talent.

There's really no celebrity involved. Greater sacrifice means deeper experience and comprehension.
by Sloppy Grapevine February 22, 2009
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Once when asked what Trans-Siberian Orchestra was about, Paul O'Neill replied, "It's about creating great art. When asked to define what great art was, Paul said, "The purpose of art is to create an emotional response in the person that is exposed to that art. And there are three categories of art; bad art, good art and great art. Bad art will elicit no emotional response in the person that is exposed to it, i.e.; a song you hear in an elevator and it does nothing to you, a picture on a wall that gives you the same emotional response as if the wall had been blank, a movie that chews up time. Good art will make you feel an emotion that you have felt before; you see a picture of a forest and you remember the last time you went fishing with your dad, you hear a song about love and you remember the last time you were in love. Great art will make you feel an emotion you have never felt before; seeing the pieta, the world famous sculpture by Michelangelo, can cause someone to feel the pain of losing a child even if they've never had one. And when you're trying for these emotions the easiest one to trigger is anger. Anyone can do it. Go into the street, throw a rock at someone, you will make them angry. The emotions of love, empathy and laughter are much harder to trigger, but since they operate on a deeper level, they bring a much greater reward.
"The purpose of art is to create an emotional response in the person that is exposed to that art..."
by teevee September 23, 2004
Art is used as the shorter version of the common British greeting alright. It means that you are okay with something and accept.
Jim: Want to go to Wal-mart?
Quinn: Hell yea
Jim: I'll pick you up in ten.
Quinn: Art
by jusayz November 02, 2010
"Art is making something out of nothing then selling it"
Frank zappa said that about art
by Floppers15 August 27, 2009
Art is what you make it.
art is anything one makes of it and thinks its beautiful or unique
by bottonnose October 21, 2009
Any one of the Divine Languages, including painting, sculpting, music, theatre, dance, poetry, etc.
When we speak a divine language, we are able to say things that we couldn't say in normal conversation. That is art.
by pigpilot December 31, 2009
Any attempt to define art is an attempt to destroy it. No laws can define it. No medium can contain it. Not old idea or imitation survives. Art creates its own laws, ones of revolution and change. Art bears witness time and time again to the rebirth of itself. Art translates the language of the human experience because ART IS.
the plethora of sensory creations created by man. that is art.
by Pilar Diaz March 13, 2006
It is said to have originated from an ancient cave man species, who being born dumb and unable to communicate, etched their messages from flint onto rock or any available flat pieces of stone. The concept of creating pictures because you simply cannot speak has since been lost, in fact very much lost in translation. Society now thinks that there is more to it, when there simply is not. These members of today's society have since imitated the original idea through finger painting, cutting vegetables into shapes and daubing them with paint thus transferring to paper and most recently through the innovative 'etchasketch'. Studies show that these people are somewhat mentally deprived, socially inept or just plain gay and therefore add this mentality into their work. They also think that it is more than just a fetish for all things crayola and the ability to use wax crayons and various pastilles.

Also: That produced by an "artist". It comes in many forms:painting, pencil-drawing, sculpture, etc. The medium isn't important as long as the creation is unfathomable to all but the exceedingly rich and outstandingly gay, who only pretend to understand it anyway and write protracted essays on it aimed at the terminally dull. Amongst those 2 classes of people a piece of art will often engender much chin-rubbing in bizarrely-lit art galleries. The practitioners of art are invariably pretentious individuals who consider themselves superior to all other people. In fact some artists take up the occupation in order to further remove themselves from normal, right-thinking people.
Two art collectors discussing an overturned wardrobe surrounded by tealights and wood pigeon feathers: Oh, my word Bartholemew, feast your eyes upon that. What a marvel and a supreme delight to the eye! I quite agree Sir Fitzgerald, it is a definite reflection of the social struggle of the peasantry just before the storming of the Bastille in 1789. I must purchase this fine piece of art. I don't think so Bartholemew. Only those from my social hierarchy could afford such a piece, I mean, do you think you could afford £17million?
by Queen of Arts August 21, 2006
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