Engineering, technology, and industrialization have made our lives much better. There is no doubt about that. They have transformed our society and for better or worse, they have also changed the way we perceive and admire Arts and Artisan’s efforts around us. But, to what extent?Everything that modern man uses has been manufactured en masse and Information technology have made Earth a global village. People can interact with each other thousands of miles away in sub-seconds and travel around the world in a matter of hours. So, they have a faster and direct access to what is being expressed in the form of art and literature. That has changed things a lot too.There were some art forms that were transformed with the advent of modern machines. Camera photography gave people the unprecedented ability to capture any moment instantaneously. When photography was invented in 1830, painters felt threatened by the new invention. They eventually distinguished Arts form from Photography and began to experiment with impressionism, abstract arts, surrealism and other forms of modern painting concepts that were partly fueled by industrialism and the new social settings in an industrial world. Another significant impact of the Industrial and Information Revolutions was the invention of products like the tube paint. As tube paints are collapsible, their invention made artists more mobile. It resulted in a better outreach of art.With the advent of photographs and movie reels, a different art category emerged that has since overshadowed the rest in terms of popularity and mass appeal. It is the art of motion pictures and animation. It is the simplicity and mass appeal of this relatively new sensation that transcended all boundaries and made us fall in love with it. Now you didn’t need to understand a particular art form to be able to admire it. It also resulted in a decreased interest in other forms of expressive art.The internet and communication revolution also brought a lot of changes into our lives and eliminated many boundaries. Recently, various art forms have thrived due to this increased connectivity and brought fame to artists from around the world. They have become richer and more recognized in public while inspiring new talents to come through.On the downside, industrialism and connectivity has fueled our materialistic nature and decreased appreciation for harder-to-understand topics. But, despite all that, it has made artists and art better recognized around the world. The future is bright if we see it in the right light!
In yet another interesting edition of Arts Nation: An Overview of Australian Arts, 2015 Ed., prepared by the Australian Council for the Arts, great insight was presented as to the current state of the industry and the direction forward. The proceeding discusses the results and implications of the current situation from the Australian Council for the Arts findings.Firstly to note, in what was extremely pleasing to read, was that nearly every Australian engaged in some form of arts culture at least once in 2013. Whether this be in the form of live events, art galleries or reading of literature; 94% is something to be proud of for our great country. Compare this to America where Artnet News notes a steady decline in American attendance in their benchmark arts activities (jazz events, classical music performances, opera, musical plays, non-musical plays, ballet, and art museums or galleries) since 1992. In that year 41% of Americans attended at least one form of these benchmark art activities, however fast forward to 2012 and this rate has dropped to 33.4% .This is an alarming trend based on the evidence from internationally recognised subjective wellbeing analysis techniques which consider emotional, social and cognitive factors. These techniques help calculate the value of intangibles and has backing from people such as the Nobel prize winner Daniel Kahneman  saying that economists can, and should measure individual and social wellbeing directly to understand the true value of people’s activities.85% of Australians are in consensus that the arts make for a richer and more meaningful life, and nearly all Australians engage in at least one form the arts each year. Hence it would be feasible to deduce that with an increasing arts interaction in which Australia has an already admirable position, a higher life satisfaction is likely outcome with all other factors being equal. This situation is directed in a vastly different direction for America with their declining arts interaction at ratios around one third that of Australia’s.Given the position Australia is in with regards to the arts interaction and the obvious benefits to the public, it is little wonder that the Australian government continues to contribute approximately $7 billion dollars per year between culture and the core arts. This sector generates around $50 billion dollars to Australia’s GDP each year. A GDP share that is comparable to that of America.Contributing to this GDP value is the number of tourist coming to Australia and also engaging in our culture and arts. A figure which is trending upward by 20% over the last three years and now at 2.4 million tourists / visitors who undertake Australian arts activities whilst visiting. This represents 38% of visitors who come to Australia, who engage in our arts. Needless to say this shows a great deal of insight into the quality of the artists in Australia. Further substantiated by the strong representation of Australian artists nominated for international awards. From a selection of 16 major international arts events, the artists shortlisted for international arts award was made up by 1.6% Australians. Very admirable and proof of the quality of Australian arts based on the Australian population only making up around 0.33% of the world population.These talented artists, though achieving great things nationally and internationally are still scarce in number and on a plateau. In addition to the 109,000 students currently undertaking creative arts qualifications at a tertiary level, there is around 44,000 professional artists in Australia. Of these 44,000 professional artists only around 17% are working full time on their creative practice. A mear 7,500 professional artists working on their own works. A country which derives $50 billion in GDP from culture and the arts and has a $7 billion dollar a year contribution from the government. An industry that is recognised to improve our quality and fulfilment of our lives. So it brings wonder as to why this is, and it is so very clear in the Australian Council for the Arts report. It is here it is noted that the average income for these professional artists who commit their full work time to their own creative practice is $22,500 per year. This represents nearly a quarter of the annual Australian wage of $81,000  for the twelve months to June 2013.Even with $7 billion dollars contributed annually by the Australian government in addition to the $221 million raised from the private sector by arts organisations, the professional artists are in need of support. Real artists needing support to keep being able to create work for an industry which nearly every Australian interacts with each year. An industry that aids our life satisfaction and general happiness.With no question to the benefits of constant technological advances in basically all facets of our modern lives, there exists businesses focused on taking away such purpose from the before discussed artists. The printing of canvas paintings for example, creating mass produced and commercialised images in minutes. Taking away from any uniqueness and honesty of the artwork because a machine has executed the file. This also discards the skill set and talent that an artist creates with a handmade piece of art. Then as the domino effect goes, leaves less artists able to focus full time on their own creative works. Eventually a trend of this nature will leave real artists as an endangered species. With the 44,000 professional artists plateau since 2001, the occupation share that the artist profession has, thus must be declining at the same rate as the Australian population growth. Around 29% since 2001 (18,607,584)  to the time of writing this article (23,946,356) based upon the Australian Bureau of Statistics historical population data and Australian population projection clock . A sad and worrying trend for an industry so important to our country in both economical and social terms.It has already been stated that the vast majority of Australians (85%) agree that arts make for a richer and more meaningful life. So it needs to be recognised that in order to retain and continue to benefit from that which the arts giveth, we must continue to support real artists doing real work, or the benefits will be taketh from us all.Please support real art and real artists.References Arts Nation: An Overview of Australian Arts, 2015 Ed., prepared by the Australian Council for the Arts Alexander Forbes – Artnet News, 2015 Layard R 2005, Happiness: Lessons from a New Science. Stiglitz J A, Sen A and Fitoussi JP 2009, Report by the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress. O’Donnell G, Deaton A, Durand M, Halpern D and Layard R 2014 Wellbeing and Policy SEEK’s Annual Salary Review, 2013 Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2014, 3105.0.65.001 – Australian Historical Population Statistics, 2014, Table 1.2 Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2015
An estimated two-million martial art schools are in operation in the United States alone. Some are small and operated out of the instructor’s garage while others may be franchise chains. Some of these are honest operations taught by highly skilled martial artists while others are outright scams.How is a person who has no knowledge of the martial arts industry supposed to sift through and find a great school without getting ripped off? The answer is quite simple if you are willing to go on a little journey.The best place to start is to take a look at the industry as it is today. Then look at some of the most popular types of schools that are in operation. Through focusing on what to avoid rather than what to seek out you will stand a much greater chance of finding you are looking for.The IndustryThe industry is supposedly self-regulated. This is almost laughable with over four hundred associations and federations in existence and each having it’s own regulations. Major associations did not even exist until the 1920’s when Japan’s government started to standardize martial arts to curb the amount of people who attained a black belt.Any major organization will have some type of politics within the rank and file of the association. This leads to a spit, and one association becomes two with different requirements and regulations. To add to the confusion look at all the martial art styles that exist. Each one has it’s own associations or federations to “govern” the style. To make matters worse the associations may or may not recognize another association even though they both “govern” the same martial art style.Fully investigate any association or federation to insure they are serving you before paying any money to them. You can spend years and thousands of dollars to attain a “registered” rank. If you move to another city and find another school, which teaches the same style your rank may not be recognized by that schools association.Moving beyond the mess of associations, we find a bigger mess in martial arts schools.The Big PictureA popular theme being widely promoted are contracts, belt testing fee’s, rank registration fee’s, special programs or classes, and lots of belts. Over the past decade, the cost for martial art lessons has gone up while the quality of instruction has gone down. There is hope as there are some schools that outright refuse to penalize their students for moving up in rank.The ScamUnderstand that any person may purchase a black belt and open a school. If they want to look legitimate, they can join an open “professional association” watch a few video’s and purchase some pre-made curriculum.The “professional” association will provide almost everything the school needs to sell the school to a prospective student. They will get press releases, advertisements, posters, phone sales scripts, pre-made seminars, and even a professional looking web-site. In short, they are purchasing a ready made martial art school in a box.These types of schools usually do not last long. Unfortunately, it comes at a cost to students being injured. Improperly trained instructors do not know how to instruct and how to watch for potential injury techniques. Failure to be able to explain how to prevent injury or what can cause an injury is a telltale sign of a non-trained instructor.The Money GrabbersThese schools follow closely to the scam school. The difference is that they can have an educated martial artist as an instructor. The pit-fall is that they lack quality instruction, which turns into a high turnover of students. To remain open, they devise a way to get as much money as possible from the students.It starts rather innocently and with a contract. This guarantees the school a monthly income for a year or two even if the student drops the classes. Next comes the belt promotion and the testing and registration fee along with it. These schools can have anywhere from eight to fifteen colored belts or more. Some schools have gone as far to add camouflage belts.It is a matter of numbers for these schools. Add a single belt and charge $40 for a testing fee and $10 to register the rank over 150 students. The school can make an extra $7,500 per year for adding one extra belt color to their line up. If you see a rainbow of belts and there is a testing fee, make sure you can afford to be promoted.Once you have achieved the rank you need a “special” class because you are a “serious student.” this is again a numbers game for the school. Take a small amount of students and charge them an extra $50 per month for six months to learn something “exclusive” to them. This class will help them attain the next rank much faster and without it, you may not get the black belt for years. It’s an easy $300 per student plus the testing fee at the end of the “special” class.These schools can stay in business for a long time. A large amount of money is put into advertising and student recruitment drives. They measure success by the annual profit rather than success of the student. Heavy pressure is placed on students and parents to sign up, and pay, for the next big “exclusive” or be left behind.Many of these schools belong to “professional business associations” that cater to the martial arts industry. The cost to belong to such an association can run from a few hundred to over a thousand dollars per month. A personal touch can be added for $1,250 per hour for a phone conference if the school owner has problems figuring out why they are not making that $100,000 yearly profit that the association talked about.You can spot these schools rather easily with a few questions. If you hear the words contract, upgrade, or anything, which comes with an increase in monthly cost, then you likely have a money grabbing school on your hands.Warrior SchoolsThis is always fun to look at as they have all kinds of claims, which seem to come from an action movie. Walking into these schools you see pictures of war zones, military medals of all sorts, military award certificates, and martial art trophies galore. Looking over a school’s web site and you may read about “combat tested and proven techniques”. The lead instructor was special forces and sent behind enemy lines where he used his martial art. He was part of some foreign military elite brigade where he was in command of some super duper top secret mission that he can’t really talk about. This is absolutely laughable as few people purposely go into a war zone to test a martial art.A second point that should be noted is that most military members who belonged to special forces usually do not advertise that fact. It may come up in conversation, but very few actually place it on the internet to legitimize themselves. To do so would open them up to a lot of trouble from the agency in which they worked with. This is why you see these “warrior instrutors” say they worked with a foreign military which is harder for an Amercan citizen/potiential student to varify.Take a real close look at this type of school because many are scams. There are some who are legitimate and have contracts with law enforcement or government agencies. However, the legitimate schools are very selective as to whom they will accept or what they will teach to the general public.Be aware of those schools which will teach anything to anyone. These are easy to spot because they proclaim self-defense as their primary course work. They are short on curriculum, and as a result they hold short term seminars, workshops, or retreats at a steep cost. It is not unusual to find these small classes starting at $600 to over $5,000. The school’s site may have e-books and DVD’s for sale that range from $35 to over $150 with content that may be ineffective and escalate a situation. Legitimate schools will restrict such sales or require the delivery address be a verified government office.Some scam companies may advertise government contracts in order to legitimize themselves. A legitimate company may provide proof of a contract with a government or law enforcement agency in general. Depending on the contract a government agency might not give out what the contract service is for but will verify if a contract number is valid or not.Keep in mind that every state is different when it comes to self-defense. Use of self-defense of any type could get you into a law suit or land you in jail. Negligence of the law is not a defense, so become familiar with your state laws. If in doubt call your state capital for information on current laws, which may not have been updated to the state web site. A reputable school will advise you of where to locate laws that concern you, at a minimum.The Bandwagon or Jack-of-all-TradesThe schools that fall into this category follow the current hot trend that making the news and hitting the magazine stands. In recent years, we saw the big surge of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by Mixed Martial Arts to a trend of Muay Thai.These schools do not have a solid grounding, and instruction tends to be sporadic. This is followed by a high turnover of students and ever-changing curriculum. In some cases there may not be a curriculum to speak of.In the legitimate schools that fall into this category the change comes to boost student head count. However, when the trend falls so does the student population which causes a change to bring in more students. The legitimate school tries not to change as it is expensive and time-consuming to do.Spotting the good schools in this category is much tougher. Some schools may teach more than one style of martial art. Three to four different styles is about average if they have a mixed system. You also want to find out if they have written curriculum and belt advancement. Many schools in this category which fail cannot say for certain what is going to be taught next week, let alone a month from now.The Half-An-Art School.The majority of these schools tend to lean more towards the competition side of martial arts. Not every sport school falls into this category, and some sport schools are very good. Traditional and self-defense schools also fall into this category as well. However, it’s the sport school that tends to lead the group as a whole.When a school concentrates on the physical only and has little or no curriculum for the life skills then the student misses half of what a martial art is about. A person may never use the physical side in the real world; they will use the mental side every single day.Almost every school advertises that students learn confidence, discipline, and esteem. Ask the head instructor how they teach those aspects of martial arts. In the majority of cases, they will have a canned answer which will sound much like “as the student progresses, they will gain more “-blank-.” that does not answer the question, of how they teach what they advertise. That tells us that the confidence, discipline, esteem, etc. has become a by-product of the physical training.If the attributes are a by-product, then some students may develop them, and others will not. It is not easy to develop curriculum, which touches a persons personality but a good school will have something solid and tied to promotions.If you simply want self-defense, competition, or to get into shape, then a school which concentrates solely on the physical is what you are looking for. However, if you want martial arts as a way of life, then you want the mental as well as physical.The Great School.No school is absolutely perfect. A school will have to balance quality instruction and a fair price. The great school will thoroughly answer questions. You will understand all costs before you enroll in classes. You do not feel like you are dealing with a salesman.The instructors will have a full written training biography ready for review. The instructor may allow a preview of their current curriculum and have written requirements for promotion. Instructors can answer challenging questions without stumbling over words. They understand and fully explain risks, which pertain to certain techniques.A good school meets your requirements. If there are short-falls you know about and can accept them.There are lots of good-quality schools to choose from. To make sure you get what you want at the price you can afford you need to take a journey, ask questions, and discover your martial art.
Art plays a vibrant role in the personal life of the individual as well as in the social and economic development of the nation. The study of Visual arts encourages personal development and the awareness of both our cultural heritage and the role of art in the society. The learner acquires personal knowledge, skills and competencies through activities in Visual arts. When one studies Visual arts, he/she would come to appreciate or understand that art is an integral part of everyday life.The role art plays in personal development and in the socioeconomic development of the nation have been explained below.1. It fosters creativity:Visual art education helps the learner to develop the ability to think, feel and act creatively with visual materials. The student also develops the ability to bring something new into existence. This desirable quality is acquired when the learner engages in practical lessons such as the designing and creation of an artefact in solving a problem or satisfying a need.2. It offers a total education to the individual:Visual art education offers holistic education to learners. Such education comes about when the learner produces an artefact in satisfying a particular need in the society. He engages in the organization and exploration of art materials, tools and techniques. Moreover, he gathers varieties of ideas, selects the key ideas, simplifies and analyse them, combine and separate ideas. These problem-solving activities help in educating the head (mental faculties) of the learner.Also, when the artist uses the tools and materials he had explored and the techniques acquired in producing the artefact he develops manual or practical skills. This caters for the education of the hand.
Visual art education helps learners to appreciate works of art. When we see these artistic creations, they arouse certain feelings in us. Appreciation for the work would move us to talk intelligently and knowledgeably about it. This educates the heart. Owing to this, we can say that the study of Visual arts provides creative education of the head, hand and heart.3. It helps in learning about our cultural heritage:Visual art education helps the learner to build an appreciation for our cultural heritage handed down to us by our forefathers. This appreciation is acquired through the learning of the various histories of art and the study of art appreciation and criticism. These studies help the artist to understand the meanings and usefulness of our arts which embody our set of beliefs and ideologies. Thus, works of art are used in maintaining the ideas, knowledge and beliefs of a society as handed down from one generation to another. In this way, we learn about our cultural heritage.4. Provides knowledge about aesthetics:The study of Visual arts helps learners to develop keen ideas about beauty (aesthetics). Since the learner is taken through a lot of appreciation and criticism of various artistic creations, he/she develops ‘good taste’. He is able to distinguish between artworks that are aesthetically pleasing and those that are not. This helps the learner to take decisions and make good judgements.5. Projects personal and national identity:Visual art education helps learners to build self-respect and personal ego. When an artist produces works of art in and outside the society or country, it projects his identity or makes him known to his own countrymen and foreigners. This largely comes about when the artist exhibits his artistic creations during art exhibitions, fairs and bazaars. When an exhibition is organised outside the country and the artist partakes in it, it assists greatly in projecting his/her nation.Also, since the themes or subjects of works from Ghana lavishly talk about our culture, it helps in making our culture known to other people of the world.6. Helps develop subjective thinking for a cordial human relationship:Skills needed in building a healthy family and human relationships are reflected in art activities. Through the organisation of various opposing elements of design such as lines, shapes, texture, tone, pattern and colour into pleasant relationships, the artist is able to develop a peaceful and cordial relationship with people of various characters and cultural identities.The study of art appreciation which teaches learners to develop the ability to see ‘good’ in every artistic creation also builds in learners the ability to accept people as they are. This subjective thinking helps in the development of cordial human relationships.7. Promotes cognitive, psychomotor and affective modes of development:Visual art education promotes the cognitive mode of development in learners. Skills in thinking and reasoning are developed by the organisation of materials into art forms and critically appreciating them. This critical thinking helps in the cognitive development of learners.Practical activities in Visual art help to exercise the muscles and keep the body healthy. This promotes the psychomotor development of learners.The affective or emotional development of learners is nurtured through the appreciation of works of art. Practical lessons in art help the learner in cultivating desirable qualities like patience, long- suffering and tolerance, which helps the heart to be always healthy.8. Art is used in correcting physical, psychological and emotional growth deficiencies:Practical activities in visual art can help reduce tension and emotional stress in people. The lives of physically challenged persons and social misfits are reorganised or changed when they engage in practical lessons in art. Those who have deficiencies in their physical and psychological growths are corrected gradually when they explore with art tools and materials in the creation of artworks. Art, therefore, serves as a therapy or medical aid for those with growth deficiencies.9. Provides avenues for the development of cottage and small-scale industries:The Visual arts programme provides a creative base for the setting up of small-scale industries. Students are taught how to produce quality products that would meet the taste and demands of the market. In addition, learners are instructed in entrepreneurial skills and on factors to consider in the setting up of their own enterprises in the field of art. This training assists the learners in setting up their own small scale industries.10. Promotes the tourism industry of the nation:Works of art are sold to tourists to earn foreign exchange. Art souvenirs are exported to foreign lands to earn substantial funds for the artist and the nation as a whole. This helps in the promotion of the tourism industry.11. Art reduces poverty:Art is an income generating venture that provides employment for several Ghanaians. It helps its practitioners in earning money to fend for themselves and their families reducing the poverty ratio of the nation.
The indigenous arts of Ghana play an important role in the development of the nation. The roles they play are discussed below.• Job Creation/Employment:The indigenous arts offer various employment avenues to the majority of people, especially the rural folks. This helps them in providing for themselves and their families, thereby reducing the unemployment ratio in the country, easing the government of the burden of unemployment.• Reduction Of Rural-Urban Migration:Most of the indigenous arts of the country are done by rural folks in small villages and towns. Owing to the fact that they offer jobs for the masses of people there, it prevents them from moving to the urban centres to seek for greener pastures placing a lot of pressure on the limited resources and social amenities allocated for the cities in the urban areas.• Source Of Revenue For The Nation:The small scale and cottage industries which are in the production of the various indigenous arts pay tax revenues to the government. The money generated from these taxes can be used by the government in solving some of the pertinent problems confronting the nation.• Offers Training In The Form Of Apprenticeship:The indigenous art production centres offer training in the form of apprenticeship to the young ones in the society. These young ones may not have had the privilege of formal education and may have ended up being social deviants. Because the indigenous industries absorb these young ones, it helps in minimising or eradicating social vices like stealing, alcoholism and others which are mostly as a result of unemployment.• Promotes The Tourism Industry:The indigenous industries are viable tourist industries that generate a lot of income for the nation. The indigenous art works are well patronised by these tourists who pay substantial amounts in their purchase. Sometimes, some of their works are exported to other foreign lands to earn income for the artist and the nation.• Serves As Avenues For Cultural Education:The indigenous arts are like ‘history books’ of our rich cultural heritage. It helps the younger generation in knowing much about their rich cultural traditions handed down to them by their ancestors. These arts do not just inform them of their material culture, but also the rich philosophies, a body of beliefs and the way of life of their forebears.• Attracts Foreign Investors:The activities of the various indigenous small scale industries attract the attention of foreign investors. Because this industry is very lucrative, these foreign investors invest their resources in the business by providing expansions of the industry in the provision of durable raw materials, modern technologies, as well as tools and machinery.This booms the activities of the industry earning more revenue for the workers and the nation as a whole.
Do you have a streak of creativity in you? Do you think you can create and innovate? If your answer is yes then a career in Art and Design is the ultimate option for you. A career in art and design is a very exciting selection. This is an immensely expansive field and highly competitive as well. Art and Design include a host of things, which ranges from art, sculptures, painting to product design, art direction, graphic design and fashion design. This field influences our lifestyles to a great extent because art is virtually everywhere now.This field is a highly creative and demanding. You get to earn while you can have fun and work at the same time. Most of the people of this industry love their work and have been dedicated to it throughout. They have either taken it up as a hobby or as a passion until they made a career out of it by getting paid for having fun. Today there are various sub industries under the Art and Design industry and related careers too. The varied range of careers under Art and Design starting from restoring architectural works to designing vacuums cleaners, or from working in museums to the manufacturing industry is attractive enough to choose from and opt for.Today to make a successful career in Art and Design, you have to be totally dedicated, because many of the great talents of art and design have struggled to reach to the top. The initial years are always a bit tough, as most creative people have to have perseverance and dedication for their work to sail through the initial years and shine. Art and Design is no doubt competitive, but once you are skilled enough and get to know the inside story, it is easier to put yourself at advantage. Knowledge, skills and experience matters. Each skill is specific for each industry and cannot be interchanged after a certain level. For instance art direction is limited to the art directors and the graphic designers do not venture into this field.Many artists and designers start their career as a volunteer or as a part-time job. Like any of the creative art careers, having a good network and good reference can always help, but, with dedication and contacts, an aspiring artist can achieve success in this field. Doing small tasks for the well known and established talents in the field might give a push to your career. It can help you gain expertise and some exposure of the work and the industry as you work along with the stalwarts. Work experience also counts and as such you should concentrate more on working in the concerned field, be it for a few days or months.Other factors which affect in making a successful career in Art and Design are factors like technology, changing tastes and economy. Technology keeps changing and to keep up to these changing trends, art has to adapt to the changing scenario. The twenty-first century brought a big revolution in the area of animation, computer games and digital imagery. Applications like Microsoft Word, Quark Xpress and Adobe Photoshop were introducedYou must have heard enough stories about struggling legends that have made a mark in the field of Art and Design. But, it is not always struggling all the way. If you are talented enough then with proper training you will surely shine in this cut-throat competitive industry. Smart use of opportunities and choosing the right career option from the different career choices in art and design, according to your interest is the key to attain success in this wide industry.
Mark Langan is an artist who is living in Cleveland, Ohio. He is skilled in many different artistic mediums. Since 2004, he has focused on making art out of cardboard. He uses corrugated boxes, a mat, a cutting edge, a razor knife, and non-toxic glue. With these, he turns the cardboard boxes into amazing works of sculpture. While making cardboard art does use up a good bit of the boxes that people throw out, Mark Langan will be the first to say that it doesn’t do as much as needs to be done in the move to recycle and reduce what goes into landfills. However, he says it is something and that’s better than nothing is, and cardboard art certainly draws attention to the fact that the boxes are much more useful than to just fill up dumpsters and landfills. It really helps draw attention to the recycling movement.While many sculptors struggle to find those who appreciate their art, Mark Langan has had a good bit of success finding venues where his cardboard art is appreciated. He has had sculptures commissioned by both large and small business firms throughout the United States, some of them very well known. Recycling firms, packaging companies, various manufacturers, and other industries and organizations all have asked for his sculptures to represent their logo, company, or simply to decorate their lobbies. Some companies even have his cardboard art hanging in their boardrooms and perhaps this helps to remind them to pay a little more attention to the environment in the work that they do.While cardboard may be a surprising medium and may be in abundant supply, it is not the easiest medium for an artist to work with. To make his amazing sculptures, Mark Langan sometimes spends up to 100 hours working on each piece. He carefully cuts the cardboard into the shapes and designs he desires, and then glues them into position. It is careful and precise work, requiring the kind of patience that many people simply don’t have. Thanks to this, and Mark Langan’s amazing creativity, there are unique cardboard art sculptures for everything from a homage to a painting to corporate logos for famous TV shows. Some of his pieces are even interpretative to religion, and these are not only celebrating the religion, but bring new life to religious stories by using symbolism to represent different aspects, all in a beautiful sculpture that draws the eye and forces the mind to understand.While Mark Langan doesn’t particularly like the term “green art” many people revere him for making artwork that is good for the environment and good for people’s minds, as many people are simply amazed at what can be created from simple cardboard boxes. Unless you see his sculptures up close, it is impossible to tell that they are made from cardboard. Many look as though they have been carved. It is not until you get up close that you can see the intricate details in each piece and truly appreciate the beauty of cardboard art.
If you are creative or have an artistic side then considering about earning a degree in art and design can never be a bad idea. Perhaps, if you are one of those who wish to make it big in the creative arts then deciding to go for an art degree could be your first step. Over the last few years, there has been an escalating growth rate of the art and design industry, and a degree in art can help you lead to become a fine artist, art or museum curator, etc. In fact, it won’t be wrong to say that earning an art and design degree can provide your career the much needed boost.If we carefully look at the current situation, the creative field of arts provides you with the variety of options and ways to obtain a degree in this field. Though, one can easily opt for either liberal arts degrees or specific degrees in art by enrolling into Art and Design school, but in recent years the ratio of different online degree programs in art and design has also increased. Perhaps, these days many Art and Design schools are also offering online degree programs for students who are juggling personal and professional commitments. The key benefit of earning an online art and design degree is it allows you as an art and design student to choose their own method of study. It even helps you learn ways of taking or converting visual communication ideas from the initial concept to the actual final product. And, adding to this, an online degree in art is also a better option for employed professionals or students who wish to change or advance their career midway.Today online degrees in art and design are available in a wide variety of areas of specialization such as animation (computer animation, visual effects and multimedia); graphic design (graphics arts publishing, digital design and multimedia); fashion (design and merchandizing); interior design, game art design, and photography. If you are one of those seeking further education in art and design then here are few online options that exist at the following levels:
Online Certifications Degree
Online Associates Degree
Online Bachelors Degree
Online Master Degree
Online Doctorate Degree
In recent times the concept of online degree has gained enormous popularity and people who earn an online degree in art or design had easily find work in a variety of fields, including advertising, animation, game art and design, game software development, fashion design and merchandizing. Besides this, it even makes you qualified to start your career with a decent monthly income. Though, at times the salary can vary widely depending on the specific geographic location, area of specialization, and talent. However, additional education can further help in improving your salary earning potential.No doubt, the career options in art and design is very vibrant and endless, but in order to enjoy a career in any of the specialized fields require a good knowledge, which can only be possible through proper education and training achieved during online degree program.
Do you want to further develop your creative skills in the kitchen? Do you feel that you want to pursue career in the culinary industry? If you have the skills and the right attitude to follow this path, getting an associate degree in culinary is your best option. This program is most suited to those persons who are still unsure on the specific area of culinary education they want to have.The associate degree in culinary arts program usually takes two years to complete. Some schools though, offer a 21-month associate degree in culinary program. However, as with the other cooking schools and culinary institutes that require longer period of learning, these schools still claim to provide extensive training.The programs under the associate degree in culinary are generally the most famous educational programs under the culinary arts. This is so because the programs serve as a good starting point towards a definite area of interest in the culinary profession. The typical associate degree in culinary program includes the following areas of training: knife skills, nutrition, kitchen procedures, and food presentation.Culinary institutes, cooking schools, and even community colleges offer the associate degree in culinary program. Their methods of learning may slightly vary from one another but they all aim to prepare you for the highly-competitive world of culinary professionals.Aside from the basic trainings, there are schools and institutes that go as far as teaching those who are enrolled in the associate degree in culinary arts some advanced and special courses like baking, international cuisine, and dining room operations. A number of these institutions even require their students to enroll in business classes and undergo internship before an associate degree in culinary can be completed.Basically, the reason that the degree in culinary is considered as a good starting point for a culinary career is because it prepares you right away for a job in the culinary arts and can help you pursue a bachelor’s degree in the field. If you wish to join the workforce after acquiring a degree in culinary arts, such employment opportunities that you will be qualified for are: working in restaurants, hotels, private clubs, and catering companies. You are also qualified to apply for a position in food production, shift supervision, and kitchen management.Obviously, a degree in culinary arts can open several doors of career opportunities for you. If you love the culinary industry enough to consider it as a profession, the associate degree in culinary arts can help you polish your skills, motivate you to get a bachelor’s degree and guide you towards a more specialized area of study.
Are you a music lover? Do you have a collection of music instruments, recordings and other music related stuff? If you have a fortune of these materials, you can actually create a place to display your collection to everyone visiting your house while enjoying them at the same time. One good example of this idea is having a multimedia room or a music lounge. Music is art and art is anything that expresses creativity and passion. By using modern wall art and music wall decor, your simple collection of music materials can become a priceless selection of art in an instant!A profitable number of home owners are now hooked into constructing music rooms or a theater inside the house as a place to relax and enjoy soothing sounds or snuggle with friends, family or your loved one while watching your favorite movies. Most of these consumers are not only willing to invest in establishing the room itself but will also pay a desirable amount in developing its interior design. And for fashion conscious owners, the look and feel of the room should be perfect in every possible angle. Perhaps adding modern wall art and music wall decor can give more interest and color inside the room. These home accents do not only complement the overall design but can also set the mood of the entire place. If you are planning to put up this project as your personal sanctuary, you might want to choose the idea of decorating using a long term perspective rather than developing it from time to time. If you have the budget then go for it, if not, there are also some options I can offer.If you want to construct a cost effective music room, you should know how to improvise and use every resource you have at hand. If you have a good set of drums, or guitars, a piano and other instruments which are still in good condition, use them as furnishings. You don’t need to buy new ones. All it takes is a quick trip to the repair shop, a paint job and a perfect spot in the music room and your instrument is all set. If you have vinyl recordings, posters, souvenirs and autographed materials, you can actually frame them and hang them in the wall. If you can’t find any, you can purchase cheap but cool modern wall decor and music wall art to accentuate your dull wall. The trick in making your music room interesting without spending too much. You can do this by picking the right spots and adding lighting for a dramatic effect. Modern wall decor and music wall art are two things that come very handy for a budget size music room.Nowadays, modern wall artwork is setting a new phase in the interior design industry. Its simple yet striking appearance can be a good focal point to conceptualize the entire room. You can also combine various accessories like drumsticks, signature shirts of famous music icons, guitar picks and other stuff in the shelf. Always remember that your passion is your art and making it a public interest is one way to express your self as an artist. Have fun!