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Studies & Degrees in Painting

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Art can be expressed in many forms. Visually, art has made an impact throughout the century. Who cannot forget the famous piece Mona Lisa, by a renowned Italian painter Leonardo da Vinci? He may have passed away but his works shaped the painting industry.

Painting involves applying paint, colors, and pigments to a support base or surface that could either be paper, canvas, wood, lacquer, glass, clay, concrete, and paper.

In the study of art, Painting was defined as “both the act and the result,” and an output of an artist’s emotions. Some old-fashioned painters decorate their works using leaves, or gold; in modern paintings, artists use clay, sand, and paper scraps.

The history of painting in Western and Eastern art is influenced by religious or spiritual themes, ideas, and motifs. Most of the old paintings depict Biblical scenes or mythological characters.

A proof would be the biblical tableau that could be seen in the Sistine Chapel, and some intense vista of the life of Buddha and the Eastern religious origins.

Painting can symbolize or foster perception, through a presentation of the scene’s intensity. A painter is someone who can see through an image in a plain white wall. In technical drawing, the thickness of the line distinguishes the ideal outline for a subject. The essence of painting will be seen through its color and tone whereas in music; is through its pitch and rhythm.

Students who aim to take Painting Major should have an interest in mixing colors as well as blending. They must also ready themselves with Color theory or coding. This theory is plainly characterizing a color by the mood that it denotes. For example, black is to mourning in the West; white is to the East.

Painters often choose colors that denotes certain moods, however the symbolical and psychological implication of their work do not define their works. Colors just add potential to the artwork, and a little context meaning that makes it biased-- as the interpretation will vary from different point of views.

To be a painter, a student must also be creative and willing to innovate or use different materials aside from the norms. Modern painters often use assorted or different materials like cement, straw, wood, or sand to create texture on their artworks.

Today, numbers of graphic artists are greatly increasing; most artists prefer this modern art that was popularly done using softwares like Adobe Photoshop or Corel draw. Using these programs, you can immediately print your work in a traditional canvass.

Painting major incorporates two styles of painting that differs both approach based on their techniques, methods, and visual elements that epitomizes the artist’s masterpiece.

Such classification can either be Western or Eastern. Western style of painting deal with abstracts, Art deco, Baroque, Fauvism, Impressionalism, Orientalism, Pinstripping, Primitive, Precisionism, Pop At, Street Art, Tonalism, and more. Eastern style involves Far Eastern (Tang and Ming Dynasties, Shan shui, Southern school, Yamato-e, Emakimono, Rimpa school, etc); and Near Eastern (Ottoman miniature, Persian miniature, Mysore, Tanjore, Madhubani, Mughal, Raiput, etc).

Career opportunities for Painting students may vary in different areas that involve the use of art, like body painting, figure painting, illustration, portrait painting, still-life, cartoons, designing, and landscaping.