Expression through creative arts can be part of a person’s personal growth. Arts and crafts comprise a whole host of activities and hobbies that are related to making things with one’s own hands and skill. These can be sub-divided into handicrafts or “traditional crafts” (doing things the old way) and “the rest”. Some crafts have been practiced for centuries, while others are modern inventions, or popularizations of crafts which were originally practiced in a very small geographic area.
Most crafts require a combination of skill, speed and patience, but they can also be learned on a more basic level by virtually anyone. Many community centers and schools run evening or day classes and workshops offering to teach basic craft skills in a short period of time. Many of these crafts become extremely popular for brief periods of time. (a few months, or a few years) spreading rapidly among the crafting population as everyone emulates the first examples, then their popularity wanes until a later resurgence.
For a person on the spectrum, a creative arts program can offer experiences in using varied media to produce art and craft projects as a means of self expression, as an emotional outlet, and to refine visual perceptual, design and fine motor skills.