What Is The Difference Between Art and Creativity?

The Painter and the Model

Being artistic and creative may seem like the same thing, but there are some unique differences. After all, you also need to be a creative person to be good at art.

A person can still be very creative even if they cannot draw, paint, or make sculptures. Having artistic abilities usually includes skills like drawing, painting, or sculpturing. Becoming an artist requires art skills either via education or being self-taught. On the other hand, a person can have a natural creative ability.

Art Vs. Creativity

It can sometimes be confusing between what it means to be an artist or to have artistic ability and what it means to be a creative person. Just because someone cannot draw or paint does not mean they are not creative.

The words art, artistic, and creativity may all seem similar, but there are some differences.

Art and Artistic Abilies

Having an artistic ability or creating art usually includes skills such as painting, drawing, sculpturing, or even dance or musical composition. These skills require learning and practice.

Someone becomes an artist either because they are self-taught or take advanced classes such as a university art degree. Art and being an artist require some education, hard work, and practice.

If you look at the history of all great artists, they all had some educational background or were self-taught in their chosen field of art. They have a talent for their art, but they also developed that artistic talent through their hard work and study.

Whenever I have a question about what a word means, I will turn to the dictionary to see what the definition of the word is. The Oxford dictionary defines artistic as:

“Having or revealing natural creative skill.”

OXford dictionary

According to this definition, being artistic means that somebody has natural ability and creativity, but creativity alone does not make someone an artist.

Creating art requires artistic ability and creativity, but this alone will not make you an artist or allow you to create great art; producing great art requires training and skill.

Creativity Abilties

On the other hand, creative ability is your ability to use your imagination to create something. A person could be very creative but cannot draw or paint, sculpt, dance, or do anything considered an art form.

Someone may be highly creative in planting a garden or decorating their house. That individual may have no ability to paint, sculpt or draw anything.

We would consider them creative people because they have the talent to use their imagination to create something unique or do something amazing with the creative talent they have.

The Oxford dictionary defines creativity as follows:

“the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.”

Oxford Dictionary

Creativity then is about using your imagination and having original ideas. Even though, as the Oxford dictionary defines it has a lot to do with artistic work, creativity is not limited to just artistic works of art.

In fact creativity is something that is used a lot in the workplace. A person can be highly creative in a business environment but lack artistic ability.

Three Types of Creativity Explained

Creativity has been studied and researched; creativity is considered an essential aspect of our daily lives.

Companies often look for individuals who can be creative or “think outside the box.” Companies seek creative individuals because they understand that creativity can help their organizations grow.

Creativity is a broad field; it is not just limited to an individual’s artistic ability but also has to do with their problem-solving and other cognitive skills.

Here Are Three Types of Creativity Explained:

Creativity – Old Ideas Into A New idea

The first type of creativity is when somebody sees an old idea, and says “Oh, I have a new idea for this.” Researchers call this combinational creativity; you combine an old idea to make it something new.

In art, this type of creativity happens quite a bit. An artist may see a painting that someone like Vincent van Gogh painted. The artist may say I love that painting, but here is a new way to paint the same subject matter. That would be considered combinational creativity.

For a combination of creativity, usually, you will have some idea in your head on how you expect the outcome to be for your creative project.

Creativity – Exploring New Ideas

Another type of creativity is exploring old ideas; you are creating beyond what you already know. In other words, you are experimenting without knowing what the outcome will be with your idea. This type of creativity is known as exploratory creativity.

With exploratory creativity, the idea is not fully developed n your head. Still, you are creating it or, in other words exploring the possibility of the concept without fully understanding the outcome.

I believe this is the way that many artists paint their artwork. When I paint my artwork, I will start with a blank canvas, and though I may have an idea of how I think it will look, I am not sure how it will look until it is wholly completed.

Creativity – Changing the Rules Of The Game

The next type of creativity is what I call changing the game’s rules; researchers called this transformational creativity. The outcome of this type of creativity is usually creativity that can transform how things are looked at.

Transformational creativity begins with your breaking the rules as they now exist. You are not afraid to try something completely new that no one else has tried.

Many of the world’s great artists have transformational creativity, or they were game-changers. A great example of this is the artist Vincent van Gogh. He transformed art as we know it today. Van Gogh did not play by the same rules as many other artists during his lifetime.

Vincent van Gogh was a transformational artist because he influenced many art movements. The Expression, Fauvism, and Abstract Art movements were all influenced by Van Gogh’s work.

When we look at the words art, artistic ability, and creativity, they are interchangeably used, but the truth is that they have different types of meanings. For artists to create, they need to have creativity and artistic skills. But a person can be creative and have no artistic ability at all.

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Hi, I am Anita Louise Hummel. I am an artist and a blogger. I paint mainly oil paints. I love to paint women, animals (mainly dogs and cats), and abstracts. I use a lot of gold and silver leaf in my paintings. I also love to blog about anything to do with art, business, Procreate, and all the wonderful artists that inspire me.

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