“Art is what you can get away with” -- Andy Warhol
Folk and outsider art are many things to many people. It takes many shapes, forms and media.
Folk art traditionally encompasses art produced from an indigenous culture or laboring tradespeople. There are great examples of this in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.
Outsider art as a term is often used interchangeably with the term “folk art.” There is a difference, however. The main difference, however, is that a folk artist had some form of training (even if it was informal) while outsider artists are self-taught. Folk artists traditionally learn skills and techniques through apprenticeships in informal community settings, though they may also be formally educated.