Pros and Cons of Studying the Arts


Not everyone wants to spend their three or more years at university studying a vocational, scientific or technical subject. Studying the Arts subjects such as art, religion or classics can still open many employment doors.

Art is not usually a subject that you will choose to study unless you hold a dedication and passion for the subject. Having a creative flair is something that some are fortunate to have, which can lead to very successful careers. Having such a passion and love for the subject will make studying it that much easier, rather than it being a chore to study and complete coursework on time it will be something that you want to do.

Not only will you be able to develop your artistic skills but you will also be able to develop other skills that will help you later in life. You will learn the art of essay writing, good communication skills and IT literacy to name but a few! Not only will you develop your practical skills, but your theory also. You will get to learn about other artists and cultures along the way.

Of course, if art isn’t your strongest point then this possibly isn’t the right subject for you, but there are plenty out there that will be. Art is a very hands on subject, and will take up a lot of your time when constructing your latest piece. You need to be patient and dedicated to the subject in order to succeed.

Studying art in the UK has an added bonus as you will be able to visit London, which is deemed by many to be a very creative capital. And it is also home to the V & A (Victoria and Albert); the world’s greatest museum of art and design.

Choosing which subjects to study, at any level can be a daunting task! This article aims to inform you of the pros and cons of studying English Literature.

If you choose to study English Literature you will study many texts each from different periods and genres. You will read plays, novels and poetry both old and new! It will enable you to delve deeper into your favourite novels, and gain a much better understating of the characters, plot and language. If you enjoy reading this will be a great choice for you.

You will learn a vital skill that you can use elsewhere when studying English Literature- forming opinions and making judgments. Once you have thoroughly read your allocated text you will form opinions and thoughts that you will be able to share with the rest of your class. You will not only have the chance to write essays, but you will also hold discussions with the rest of your group so you can learn from others too. You will learn the art of writing essays, another skill that will not only benefit you within English but across all subjects.

There is a lot of reading and writing involved and therefore no practical work is involved. If you prefer something that is more hands on then this probably isn’t the subject for you. You will need to have enthusiasm and passion for the subject as it involves a lot of hard work.

Studying English Literature is a great choice for you if you love reading and want the chance to be able to share your passion with others!

Latin is a language originally spoken in Ancient Rome, and many students may not appreciate its significance as a relevant subject to study in today’s world. However, through studying Latin, not only will you acquire the knowledge and skill of a new language but you will also enhance your skills in other subject areas.

Latin is an extremely technical language, from which most other languages’ grammatical rules are derived. Therefore studying Latin will help you with your English grammar and your use of language in general. It has also been suggested that learning Latin will increase your ability to quickly understand and learn other foreign languages with ease because of the rules and word derivatives initiated within Latin. Therefore if you are interested in linguistics and languages then Latin will allow for a greater understanding of these fields.

In addition, studying Latin, not only provides you with knowledge of the language but also of the Ancient Roman world and the history, architecture and sociology of the time. Therefore if you already possess an interest in these fields, then studying Latin will further develop your knowledge and understanding within these subject areas.

Latin is also extremely relevant within the world of work. Latin is a very precise subject and therefore encourages accuracy and attention to detail, which are both sought after qualities by employers. It also requires a great deal of analytical skill and problem solving ability to get to grips with Latin as a subject; once again these are both much sought after skills in all fields of employment.

Typical roles that Latin graduates go on to work within include:

· Translators

· Architects

· Historians

· Teachers

· Journalists

Therefore despite Latin no longer being an actively spoken language, the benefits of studying it are many. It is generally considered to be an extremely academic subject and the skills you will learn and develop will provide an excellent basis for further learning and understanding of many other subjects and will be particularly beneficial in the workplace.

Religion and religious debate fills our everyday lives. It is impossible to open a newspaper or turn on the television without being faced with a religious, moral or ethical issue under discussion, such as war or euthanasia. Even if you are not a religious person, it is impossible to ignore religion. This therefore provides the first argument for studying religion; the study of this subject will allow you to be better informed about the world and current affairs. Studying religion allows you to debate and question an endless array of topics that will lead you to form educated opinions and have a greater knowledge of the world around you and the individuals that you will interact with.

The next reason for studying religion comes from the skills that you will acquire and develop through your study. These include, good essay writing, research skills and importantly the art of critical and philosophical thinking. Critical and reasoned thinking is a much sought after skill in the world of work and careers that welcome such skills include:

· Law

· Business

· Teaching

· Medicine

· Law Enforcement

· Government

There are of course reasons not to study religion. The first reason is that religion is not a definite science, and for those who like to find an absolute and correct answer to a question, this cannot be achieved within this subject matter. Religion is ultimately based on individual beliefs and opinions and study of the subject allows you to debate these opinions, but you will never find a correct and unquestionable answer.

Secondly, religion is a predominantly theory based subject, it requires a great deal of research and reading, therefore if your preference is for a more practical, ‘hands-on’ method of study, then religion may not be for you.

Studying religion can be a very fulfilling route to go down, you will definitely expand your knowledge of a wide range of subjects and you will form opinions based on the in depth research that you will undertake. However, the style of study required when looking into religion is not suited to all, and those students who thrive on definite facts and figures may find the study of religion is not specific enough to fulfil them. Ultimately the final decision is yours, but the study of religion is certainly not just for religious people or for those who want a career in religion, it is a vast subject that will challenge you on many levels.

So as you can see, an arts based university course can be both fulfilling and practical in terms of improving your employability.

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Painting Tips – Ideas For Texture On A Painting


Texture is used a lot in abstract art to make a painting less flat and have much more depth and often to create subtle meanings or suggestions. With texture on a painting you can have different colors showing through the painting from underneath creating a kind of air of mystery to your abstracts.

The most common substance for adding texture and depth to a painting is gesso. You can use this to add brushstrokes and sometimes thicker texture but it is not conducive to really deep texture. You can also use paint itself to add texture, particularly left over paint if you are using acrylics.

There are other things you can create texture with that are cheaper than gesso and also give you a thicker base. See this article on alternatives to gesso for details.

One thing you can do to create fantastic and unusual texture is to add things to your base substance to give it character. Some examples of what you can add are:

  • Rice
  • Split peas
  • Peppercorns
  • Mustard seed
  • Sand
  • Glass beads
  • Tissue paper
  • String

These are just a few examples and the options are pretty much endless. As long as you coat the substance in the texture to seal it (if it is a foodstuff) then it will be fine, particularly once it is painted over. Try to choose things that are not too big to start off with and see how you get on, then you can always move on to using things like nails, screws and other larger things if you want to be experimental.

Try using the added materials just in one area of the painting or use the rule of thirds to accentuate certain areas of the painting with the texture.

The options are pretty wide as to what you can use to add to your texture base. It just needs to be a substance that won’t degrade in time. Generally if you coat it with the texture and then paint over it most things will be sealed in to the painting and so will not degrade. So, experiment, have fun, and see what you can create.

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How To Draw Modern Florals: An Introduction To The Art of Flowers, Cacti, and More

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  • If you feel like your busy schedule is preventing you from becoming the next Monet or Van Gogh, let us introduce you to Alli. Alli has mastered the art of turning simple doodles into beautifully designed floral illustrations, and she is giving you her expertise in her book How To Draw Modern Florals.
    In this book, Alli will teach you everything you need to know about modern florals: tools of the trade, where to find inspiration, the anatomy of a flower, and the basic shapes for drawing a flower. You’ll feel as though you’re sitting down with Alli at a coffeeshop as she walks you through the process of drawing and designing modern florals. You’ll learn designs from classic floral favorites like the rose to most popular florals of today. You’ll even learn some non-traditional florals that happen to be some of Alli’s favorites: succulents and cacti.
    This is an introduction, so no experience is needed. If you can draw a S or a C; with a pen, Alli can teach you how to draw a beautiful, modern floral design.



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  • Tattoos in Gold or Platinum – Shine Up Your Skin With the Newest Treat


    Would it not be cool to have your tattoos done in gold, silver, platinum or other metals as a unique jewel on your skin? A company in Japan might be starting a new trend.

    For the skeptics who would immediate think that this would be some kind of health hazard to inject metal into the skin where it could easily enter the blood stream–you are right. There are no tattoos in the classical sense of the word which includes coloring with gold or other metals.

    If you have a design that needs to look metallic, a good tattoo artist would instead use other colors to make it look metallic without directly using gold or silver ink. Such colors would, indeed, be toxic for the body and not something you would want to have lodging inside your skin.

    The kind of tattoos are something else. These are not injected into the surface of the skin. Instead they consist of gold or platinum foil applied to the surface of the skin with a new technique developed by a Japanese company which I will present later in this article.

    Technique

    They consist of 99.99% pure gold or platinum which is applied to the skin in various artistic and aesthetic patters along with other elements such as colored stones and glitter powder. Thus they will not constitute any allergic reaction. Of course, if you are amongst the minority who would have any allergic reaction to normal jewelry made of gold or platinum, you should abstain from this “treatment” also.

    Contrary to ordinary tattoos they do not last forever. The estimate is around 2-5 days. I imagine one would have to abstain from a nice Turkish bath in the period of wearing this unique and, no doubt, costly form of jewelry. They can be removed quite easily. Since they are applied to the very surface of the skin they will basically wear off along with the skin cells you are shedding.

    A new trend in the making?

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    Napkin Folding & Origami


    Indeed what does origami have to do with napkin folding, restaurants and gourmet food?

    The answer is presentation.

    Long before this current season fashion trend which is looking East with its intricate fabric manipulations, the art of dressing …a table had made use of origami patterns and folds via its napkin folding. Origami is the ancient Japanese art of paper folding with the aim of representing shapes using one piece of paper.

    It is very likely that napkin folding originates from the art of Origami, The Victorian where enamoured with all things oriental and the first napkin foldind was recorded back to that period. It is easy to learn, you will only need to know a few folds, indeed there are only a few folds but they are used in many creative ways, you can start mastering napkin folding with this video

    When I entertain, I am always on the look out for something which is going to make a difference and will be a talking point and this surely does, so I am ready with a few facts:

    • Napkins became a common sights in the 1800’s though napkins had been around since the middle ages, it was only at the end of the 19th century that napkins were folded into shapes to give the table a touch of elegance.

    • The collective word for all household linen including: tablecloths, napkins etc. is napery, I think the word sounds lovely and we should use bring it back into fashion

    Though it is not advised to use the most common origami shape that of a crane or the pig for your napkins, you can definitely work them into fans or double fans, candles, diner jackets, roses or bishop hats . It is great fun, have a go.

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    The Contemporaries: Travels in the 21st-Century Art World

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    It’s been nearly a century since Marcel Duchamp exhibited a urinal and called it art. Since then, painting has been declared dead several times over, and contemporary art has now expanded to include just about any object, action, or event: dance routines, slideshows, functional hair salons, seemingly random accretions of waste. In the meantime, being an artist has gone from a join-the-circus fantasy to a plausible vocation for scores of young people in America.

    But why–and how and by whom–does all this art get made? How is it evaluated? And for what, if anything, will today’s artists be remembered? In The Contemporaries, Roger White, himself a young painter, serves as our spirited, skeptical guide through this diffuse creative world.

    White takes us into the halls of the RISD graduate program, where students learn critical lessons that go far beyond how to apply paint to canvases. In New York, we meet the neophytes who assist established artists–and who walk the fine line between “assistance” and “making the art.” In Milwaukee, White trails a group of friends trying to create a viable scene where rent is cheap, but where the spotlight rarely shines. And he gives us an intimate perspective on three wildly different careers: that of Dana Schutz, an emerging star who is revitalizing painting; Mary Walling Blackburn, whose challenging art defies market forces; and Stephen Kaltenbach, a ’70s wunderkind who is back on the critical radar, perhaps in spite of his own willful obscurity.

    From young artists trying to elbow their way in to those working hard at dropping out, White’s essential book offers a once-in-a-generation glimpse of the inner workings of the American art world at a moment of unparalleled ambition, uncertainty, and creative exuberance.



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    Art Wall Japanese Ying and Yang Tree Gallery Wrapped Canvas by John Black, 30 by 48-Inch

    Art Wall Japanese Ying and Yang Tree Gallery Wrapped Canvas by John Black, 30 by 48-Inch

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    JB004-30×48-w Size: 30″ x 48″ Features: -Wrapped canvas reproduction of classic art.-Tri-brad 3D frames by Christophe patent pending.-Made in the USA.-14″ H x 18″ W x 2″ D, 4 lbs.-18″ H x 24″ W x 2″ D, 4 lbs.-24″ H x 32″ W x 2″ D, 5 lbs.-30″ H x 48″ W x 2″ D, 8 lbs.-36″ H x 48″ W x 2″ D, 11 lbs. Collection: -John Black collection.Artist: John Black
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    Painting – Learn How to Visualize Your Painting For Greater Success


    Whilst planning your painting in minute detail may inhibit spontaneity and that sudden burst of creativity, a little forethought can go a long way to helping you create an inspirational painting to be proud of. Forward planning can in fact, enhance your work of art because you then know exactly what it is that you wish to paint, and this enables you to be able to conjure up the image at will.

    Firstly, it is important to decide on your subject matter and the medium in which you wish to paint. For this example, we will imagine that it is a landscape painting and that our chosen medium is watercolors. Making these two choices are extremely important as you can then begin to plan exactly what you wish to paint and also, how it is going to look in your minds eye.

    As landscape paintings are often painted with a specific scene in mind, how much better will it feel if you have visited the place yourself? This then ensures that the feelings and sensations that you will have absorbed through connecting with your environment will be so much more vivid when translating onto paper.

    Remember that paintings evoke emotion from those who stop to gaze, and as you paint, you should be tapping into the emotion from deep within the sensations, emotions and beauty of the scenery must then be transferred onto paper.

    By following these basic steps, it is possible to learn to visualize your completed painting and be able to paint instinctively:

    1. Capture the essence of the scenery by way of sketching or by taking a photograph initially if you prefer.

    2. Make a note of the colours that you wish to use and this means observing natures colours around you, after some practice it is easy to know which colours should be mixed to capture the required shades.

    3. Become a part of the environment around you by not just observing, but by listening to the sounds, feeling the breeze if any, on your skin, notice the coloring of the sky or how the sun casts shadows around you. Then notice the mottled colours of the leaves and notice the shades.

    4. Take time to consider the best viewpoint so that you would be able to draw the observers eye into the painting.

    5. To ensure that you have captured your surroundings to memory, close your eyes and let the image come to mind. Visualize yourself looking at the scenery as if you were looking at the real setting.

    Once you are happy that you have absorbed your surroundings and captured them to memory, prepare all of the relevant materials so that you are ready to start painting. Think about all of the relevant layers within the painting, remember that it must be three- dimensional, and it should evoke emotion in those who view it. By considering all of these points, you begin to train your perception of the world around you and take into account how to translate your view of the painting so that it is captured for all to see.

    Technique and skill with watercolors come with practice, but taking the time initially to visualize your chosen subject can only help to increase your potential to bring your painting to life.

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    Good Wedding Photography Sites Throughout Philadelphia


    For wedding photography, Philadelphia is probably the best city in the country. It’s urban, steeped in history and culture, filled with gardens and parks and dubbed the “city of love” for a reason. For five of the city’s best wedding photography locations, keep reading.

    Longwood Gardens (longwoodgardens.org)

    It’s hard to go wrong at Longwood Gardens, the grounds are massive, but also pristine and positively stunning. With water fountains, flowers and beautiful foliage, the Gardens make for an incredible backdrop setting for your Philadelphia wedding photos.

    However, before you arrive at the Longwood gates with your wedding party, photographer and lights in tow, you should know the Gardens do allow photography, but there are policies you must follow. All attendees are required to pay the $16 entrance fee, and no tripods or lights can be used at any time. You may also be required to sign a permission form saying the photos are for personal, not commercial, use.

    LOVE Park

    What could be more romantic than photos taken under the infamous LOVE statue in Philadelphia’s Love Park? Officially, the park is named JFK Plaza, but is lovingly referred to as LOVE Park thanks to the infamous Robert Indiana LOVE sculpture overlooking the park in Philadelphia’s city center.

    It’s free to take photos in LOVE Park, but be prepared to compete with other wedding parties, especially if you’re shooting on a busy June Saturday. To avoid disappointment, set aside some extra photography time in case you run into another wedding.

    Bartram’s Garden

    Bartram’s Gardens are the country’s oldest public gardens, and the setting is both romantic and idyllic. With its stone courtyard, historical buildings and beautiful garden setting – it’s a great spot for wedding photography. Philadelphia photographers should know the location well.

    However, shooting at Bartram’s isn’t cheap or easy. Unless your wedding is already booked at the venue, you may have to reserve around a wedding. Regardless, you can expect to pay between $200 and $250 per hour for photographing at the space.

    The Steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    As the major focus of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is massive and a true landmark of the city. For those looking for a real taste of Philadelphia in their wedding photos, this could be it.

    The steps are massive and high, while the eight pillars are a stunning backdrop. You may recognize the popular photo setting from the Rocky movies as the steps that Rocky Balboa climbed during his training. Keep in mind that wedding parties require a $50 per hour permit from the Fairmount Park Commission to shoot on the location.

    Rittenhouse Square

    Smack dab in the middle of Center City, Rittenhouse Square is both a convenient and beautiful spot for wedding pictures. Philadelphia residents will instantly recognize the urban park’s green setting and natural beauty. The best part? You don’t need a permit to shoot and you gain the attractiveness of the city at the same time.

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    The Watercolor Flower Artist’s Bible: An Essential Reference for the Practicing Artist (Artist’s Bibles)

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    This hardcover book with internal wire-o binding is 6.5in x 8in, a perfect size for readers to keep handy in the studio, and reference often. The stylish design of this book, along with the interior photographs, illustrations and diagrams, make the learning process simple and fun for beginning painters and provides useful tips for more advanced artists.This book is divided into three sections. In the first section, you will find practical advice on choosing the necessary tools and equiopment as well as hints on mixing colors?”one of the trickier skills to master until you have learned some of the basic properties of color. Next, the techniques used in watercolor painting are explained in detail, from the most basic like laying washes and reserving highlights to some of the more unusual and exciting methods like wax-resist or spattering paint. Tutorials and more than 100 step-by-step sequences demonstrate how to paint a wide range of subjects, including landscapes, buildings, people and still life. Over 180,000 copies sold worldwide.





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