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Buell Childrens Museum Art Room by David Shankbone
At the Buell Children's Museum in Pueblo, Colorado, children and their guardians partake in arts and crafts.

Arts and crafts describes a wide variety of activities involving making things with one's own hands. Arts and crafts is usually a hobby. Some crafts (art skills) have been practised for centuries, others are more recent inventions. A quote by Apoorva Rathore: Art cannot be taught, it comes from thinking. But it can be improved by practice.

Both children and adults enjoy arts and crafts. Children in schools may learn skills such as woodworking, wood carving, sewing, or making things with all sorts of material. Many community centres and schools have evening or day classes and workshops where one can learn arts and craft skills.

Although "crafts" today are usually hobbies enjoyed by amateurs, the word was used many centuries ago by professional people who had a guild system. Young people were learned from a master-craftsman (i.e. they were "apprenticed"), and they often took many years to learn their skills to perfection.

Crafts involving textiles

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Gold Embroidery Sicut lilium inter spinas, Saint Laurentius church in Lokeren, Belgium

Crafts involving wood, metal or clay

Potter working, Bangalore India
A potter at work in Bangalore, India

Crafts involving paper or canvas

Origami-crane
Origami crane

Crafts involving plants

Other crafts

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Glassblower Romeo Lefebvre in his workshop in Montreal, 1942

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