The study of folk art processes and products reveals several issues concerning the study of art and our educational methodologies. This paper will address the following issues and how they relate to the field of art education: (a) the learning process which takes place in folk art settings and the notion of the folk artist as educator; (b) aesthetics, art criticism, and art history from the folk artist's perspective; (c) the many functions of art and the value of one function over another in our society; and (d) the existence of elitism in folk art categorization by academics.


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