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Arts and crafts comprise a whole host of activities and hobbies that are related to making things with one's hands and skill. Some crafts have been practised for centuries, while others are modern inventions.
Most crafts require a combination of skill, speed, and patience, but they can also be learnt on a more basic level by virtually anyone. Many community centres and schools run evening or day classes and workshops offering to teach basic craft skills in a short period of time.

Now there are so many modern arts practised all over the world. Some of them are Pumpkin carvings, Sand sculpture, ice sculptures, Butter sculptures , shadow arts etc.

The Arts and Crafts Movement was a late 19th century design reform and social movement. Its proponents were motivated by the ideals of William Morris and John Ruskin, who proposed that in pre-industrial societies, such as the European Middle Ages, people had achieved fulfillment through the creative process of handicrafts.

These activities are called crafts because originally many of them were professions under the guild system. Adolescents were apprenticed to a master-craftsman, and they refined their skills over a period of years in exchange for low wages. By the time their training was complete, they were well-equipped to set up in trade for themselves, earning their living with the skill that could be traded directly within the community, often for goods and services.

The Industrial Revolution and the increasing mechanisation of production processes gradually reduced or eliminated many of the roles professional craftspeople played, and today "crafts" are most commonly seen as a form of hobby or art.

The term craft also refers to the products of artistic production or creation that require a high degree of tacit knowledge, are highly technical, require specialized equipment and/or facilities to produce, involve manual labour or a blue-collar work ethic, are accessible to the general public and are constructed from materials with histories that exceed the boundaries of western art history, such as ceramics, glass, textiles, metal and wood.

These products are produced within a specific community of practice and while they differ from the products produced within the communities of art and design, the boundaries of such often overlap resulting in hybrid objects. Additionally, as the interpretation and validation of art is frequently a matter of context, an audience may perceive crafted objects as art objects when these objects are viewed within an art context, such as in a museum or in a position of prominence in one's home.

There are almost as many variations on the theme of "arts and crafts" as there are crafters with time on their hands, but they can be broken down into a number of categories.

Now there are so many modern arts practised all over the world. Some of them are Pumplkin carvings, Sand sculpture, ice sculptures, Butter sculptures , shadow arts etc.











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India Art
India Art boasts of links, among other things, to various Indian artists. It also showcases their work.

Exotic India
For Indian art, miniatures, culture, handicrafts and traditions, check out this site.

IndiaWorld Art Gallery
It offers you a spectrum of Indian arts for sale, including works by artists like Rekha Rao, miniature contemporary artworks from Sakshi and more

Indian Arts on line
Khazana is a retail store offering collectables from India, Nepal and Thailand.  Provides our customers with quality works of folk and fine art

National Gallery of Modern Art
The collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art essentially comprises painting, sculptures and graphics mainly by Indian and to some extent, international modern artists.

The Art of Kerala
Lists the  artists of kerala anfd art gallery

Indian Art News
Latest news about Indian Art & Artists

Raja Ravi Varma
The prince among painters and a painter among princes. The great Indian painter

The Arts & Craft Society
You can find  tradition of the Arts & Crafts Movement of Great Britain . Every month you'll find a new feature here; usually reprints from various publications . It provides a place where you can exchange opinions with others and   this site is the extensive, searchable Archives, and links to library and museum collections.

Meditteranean Art & Architecture
This site offers access to a wide variety ( about 16,000 images ) of archived images of Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance architecture and sculpture. There are several of ways to search for images, including a search option, and an alphabetical list.

World Wide Arts Resources
Very good Arts reference site. It offers the definitive, interactive gateway to all exemplars of qualitative arts information and culture on the Internet. Artists, museums, galleries, art history, arts education, antiques, performing arts ranging from dance to opera, classified ads, resume postings and more can be can be accessed.

Art Source
ArtSource is a gathering point for networked resources on Art and Architecture. The content is diverse and includes pointers to resources around the net as well as original materials submitted by librarians, artists, and art historians, etc.

Civilized Explorer art on the Internet
It gives the  table of contents of art-related web pages. Several are galleries exhibiting digitized images of art from conventional media.

explores the heritage of Indian art and architecture, including prehistoric rock art and Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, and Jain art.

Madhubani Painting: Women's Folk Art of India
folk paintings by women village artists in north India. Online exhibit with introduction.

Mughal Miniatures
a gallery that exhibits scanned images of Mughal miniatures, also includes brief historical information about Babur, Akbar, Jahangir, Shah Jahan, Aurangzeb, and others.



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