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art and art therapy

How are they different?

One key difference between art and art therapy is the process and product. In art, value is determined by the quality of the finalized product. In art therapy, process is frequently more significant than a finished product.

Another difference is meaning and interpretation. In art, the artist’s meaning may be interpreted by an audience and critiqued or criticized. A finished art product may be interpreted as “good” or “bad”. In art therapy, the artist alone makes meaning. There is NO “right” or “wrong” product in art therapy.