Benefits Of Attending An Art School Online?

 There are many people who would like to learn art skills and wish to gain further knowledge on the subject but just don’t have the time, attending an art school online is the perfect answer to this problem. It is a common interest for people all over the world, yet many find it difficult to find a course which they have the time to attend regularly. To be able to learn from the comfort of your won home is a brilliant opportunity for people of all ages to gain all the experience, knowledge and skills which they desire. An art school online has become a very popular method for people to find the perfect course for their lifestyle and allows them to learn in a way that is perfectly fitted for them.

Although there are many art school online courses which are designed to be for interest and to help people become more skilled at their hobby, there are many online courses which are ran by traditional 4 year colleges with art degrees which have adapted their courses to accommodate more people. Some of the best art schools in the world are now offering online courses which can provide them with the information and knowledge required for them to take the subject and turn it into a career. There are generally a diverse range of different courses offered which will allow people from all walks of life to be able to partake in the education and learning process in everything from the recent dark arts about the devil to fun craft projects about the bikes for kids.

Some people wish to take art classes as a pastime and hobby, they enjoy the subject and simply want to socialize with like minded people and have some gentle instruction and direction from a teacher. For people who wish to attend this type of class, online arts schools offer courses which are tailor made to suit your specific interests and these allow you to relax, enjoy the teaching and learn at your own pace, while at the same time, being able to communicate with people who share the interest and take part in discussions and tutorials online. These courses are generally inexpensive and very casual, in fact there are many courses offered which are in fact free.

It doesn’t matter whether you wish to attend a 4 year college with art degrees which will prepare you for a career in the arts, or you simply wish you child to have some extra tuition in the subject, you will find that there is a whole host of choices available via the internet. There are many different websites at which you are able to research different kinds of art instructional schools and find the perfect course for your needs. Once you have found the course then you are able to simply enroll in an art school online where you will find teams of professionals who are equipped to provide you with all the knowledge, skill and understanding you will need to make the most out of and enjoy this fascinating subject.

Carry Your Tools of The Trade With You, Always!

 
I love spending time outside with my art, either painting, taking photographs, or just sitting around in coffee shops searching for a muse or inspiration of sorts. I almost always carry at least a camera, some paper, pencils, pens, and whatever I think I may need to satisfy a sudden creative urge with me. So, a while ago I started looking for a new “haul bag” in the form of a daypack or backpack. I wanted something that as comfortable, spacious and also a little funky (as I am!) I ended up looking at the Jansport range of bags as these seem to be designed mostly for students with books, pens and other things and I found the utility of these bags actually fit my needs as an artist pretty well. I ended up buying the Jansport Air Vital but here are a few of the models I looked at:

Jansport Superbreak Classic Backpack

First on our list is the Jansport Superbreak Classic Backpack. These backpacks are available in a variety of price ranges, from under $14-$35. And of course, they are available in a multitude of color schemes. This backpack features a large main compartment and a pocket on the front that includes an organizer to store all your vital supplies. It has a 1550 cubic inch capacity and is built with padded shoulder straps and a padded, cushioned back that extends two thirds down the length of the backpack. It is constructed from 600 D Poly and 11 W Corduroy. Its dimensions are 16.75″ x 13″ x 8.5″.

Jansport Big Student Backpack

Next item: the Jansport Big Student Backpack. These backpacks are priced anywhere from $23.75 up to $49.99. These Jansport packs are constructed from 600 D polyester and are made with S- curved straps that conform to your shoulders. They are constructed with two main compartments for storing large items such as books and tablets, and also feature a front pocket that has an organizer and headphone port! And at the bottom of these — a stash pocket. A lifetime warranty is included. Dimensions on these backpacks are 17.5″ x 10″ x 13″. I have admit though, some of these look a little dated and my partner said it looked like a diaper bag backpack, which cased me to promptly give it a skip!

Jansport “Hellcat”

Another great looking set of Jansport backpacks are called their “Hellcat” backpacks. Normally priced from $45-$50, they measure 18″ x 14″ x 8.5″ and have a carrying capacity of 2,000 cubic inches. The Hellcat is also made of very durable 600 D polyester and ways about 2 pounds when empty. It has a main compartment as well as a front 3/4-sized storage compartment and a gear stash that is equipped with bungee cord zipper pulls. These packs also feature side compression straps to keep the backpack close to your kids body for less back strain and more comfort.

Jansport Air Vital Street Tech Daypack

The one I got — the Jansport Air Vital Street Tech Daypack. Priced from just under $25 to just under $54, these backpacks are available in innovative colors like Pink Daiquiri, Blue Slate, Surplus Green and Purple Satin. The Air Vital daypack features 1-1/2 main compartments that are equipped with dual interior mesh pockets and a pouch located right up front — how handy! They are also equipped with a security pocket for storing valuable items such as cell phones and iPods, and are also equipped with a cord port, water bottle pocket, and much more.

Jansport Klamath 85 Backpack

Finally, I’d like to mention the Jansport Klamath 85 Backpack. This is a bit more pricey (regular retail price is $175 — but if you look around I’m sure you can find it for sale more cheaply). This line of backpacks are designed especially for travel and all sorts of outdoor and wilderness adventures — it has an internal frame, and extendable lid and bivy, dual-side zippered pockets, not one but two water bottle pockets and a breathable mesh panel located on the back. This one is highly recommended if your child does a lot of camping, hiking or participates in a lot of outdoor activities and needs a good backpack.

What to Expect from Design Arts Schools

Design art schools are a brilliant place to find the perfect art education degree course which will prepare you for a career in one of the many specialist subjects which are related to art, craft and design. There are over 50 different design art subjects which are available to study at art instruction school including everything from painting and sculpture to culinary arts and graphic design. For people who don’t want to study the subject all the way up to degree level, there are many art school online courses and college classes that are offered for people who wish to learn more about the subjects as a hobby or pastime. Design art schools are a great place to find more information on courses which can enhance your interest or be the start of a new fulfilling career.

The different branches of art are now expanding further to accommodate new technology and further advances in ideas and materials such as OuterAudio’s recent competition to find the best designed outdoor speakers. There are now many courses which deal with animatronics and even competitions from places like Stanford (called Animation Design Challenge) and graphic design which involve a lot more technical ability and know how than in previous years. Art deco interior design courses are evolving to suit the changes in material which are becoming popular with renewed efforts in saving the environment and using renewable sources of energy and materials. Industrial design is also being affected by the environment and certain materials and processes are being changed and altered to make the system more ecological and environment friendly.

Nowadays, an art education degree can lead to a very lucrative and challenging career. It is no longer a case of ‘the struggling artist’ who lives for their art and has no money. In today’s world, going to design arts school can lead to some of the top paying careers available. Fashion gurus, chefs, interior designers and architects are some of the careers made available through art instruction school and all of these are high paying and distinguished professions which can lead to interesting and varied ideas as well as money, status and esteem in the industry.

To get into art school it is not simply a case of showing skill in the simple arts, you will need to show a competent understanding of technology and different types of media. It is also necessary to have a personal statement prepared and references and recommendations from previous people in your life who are able to vouch for skill, character and competence. There are many different art schools available to attend and it is important for people to research the choices and look carefully at the information concerning each one so that they are sure they are attending the ideal course for their needs. Each school will prepare people for different careers and it is important to know where you wish your course to take you in life before you embark on it. There is a lot of information concerning all the different design arts school on the internet and you can find many helpful websites which offer advice and direction so you will soon be on the path to your perfect future.

Benefits Of Attending An Art School Online?

There are many people who would like to learn art skills and wish to gain further knowledge on the subject but just don’t have the time, attending an art school online is the perfect answer to this problem. It is a common interest for people all over the world, yet many find it difficult to find a course which they have the time to attend regularly. To be able to learn from the comfort of your won home is a brilliant opportunity for people of all ages to gain all the experience, knowledge and skills which they desire. An art school online has become a very popular method for people to find the perfect course for their lifestyle and allows them to learn in a way that is perfectly fitted for them.

Although there are many art school online courses which are designed to be for interest and to help people become more skilled at their hobby, there are many online courses which are ran by traditional 4 year colleges with art degrees which have adapted their courses to accommodate more people. Some of the best art schools in the world are now offering online courses which can provide them with the information and knowledge required for them to take the subject and turn it into a career. There are generally a diverse range of different courses offered which will allow people from all walks of life to be able to partake in the education and learning process in everything from the recent dark arts about the devil to fun craft projects about the bikes for kids.

Some people wish to take art classes as a pastime and hobby, they enjoy the subject and simply want to socialize with like minded people and have some gentle instruction and direction from a teacher. For people who wish to attend this type of class, online arts schools offer courses which are tailor made to suit your specific interests and these allow you to relax, enjoy the teaching and learn at your own pace, while at the same time, being able to communicate with people who share the interest and take part in discussions and tutorials online. These courses are generally inexpensive and very casual, in fact there are many courses offered which are in fact free.

It doesn’t matter whether you wish to attend a 4 year college with art degrees which will prepare you for a career in the arts, or you simply wish you child to have some extra tuition in the subject, you will find that there is a whole host of choices available via the internet. There are many different websites at which you are able to research different kinds of art instructional schools and find the perfect course for your needs. Once you have found the course then you are able to simply enroll in an art school online where you will find teams of professionals who are equipped to provide you with all the knowledge, skill and understanding you will need to make the most out of and enjoy this fascinating subject.

The Art of Understanding Poetry

There was a time when men were fascinated by the compass (history and examples). Today children wouldn’t be amused at something as advanced as a laser range finder (I still am) but there are certain things in life that have always inspired an emotion to come out in humans and will continue to do so till end of eternity. These things are works of art. Poetry is a genre of art that gives the soul a welcome with open arms. Understanding poetry is an art in itself and today, let us take in a soulful cup of beautifully brewed words called poetry!

writer 2Poetry or poem is the voice of the rain. Pitter patter does it fall on one’s ears and drenches the mind and soul with divine words arranged in rhythmical and metrical order  connecting the reader or listener to an infinite valley where the song overflows and haunts the listener long after it has stopped. It is a blissful, fulfilling orchestra playing the chords of one’s heart. It is a beautiful necklace where carefully chosen, well crafted words are stringed to the perfection of prosody. This is that form of communication which has been unanimously chosen to connect to the God in the form of prayer around the globe.

The origin of the word ‘poem’ is traced back to Greek word ‘poiema’ meaning something made or fashioned (in words) – the poet being the maker or designer. In short it is an art – very much alive and flourishing. It can be read aloud to the audiences, friends, and families and also silently in the privacy of our rooms. Set to music and sung aloud it is a powerful medium of reaching out to others and touching their heart and soul deeply.

Since this is such a powerful tool it has to be handled very carefully, thoughtfully and sympathetically. The more effort one puts into understanding the poem the greater will be its reward. Since the creator of the poem is not known to us nor are we in direct touch with the subject, we will have to feel the pulse of the language, ideas, attitudes, and frames of reference that has enlivened the poem.

An interaction between the reader and the poet is a preliminary requirement. A poem is written economically and compressed in terms of words demanding careful attention to each part which has its own impact and meaning .The reader is not expected to sit back and let the poem or the poet knock at your door to make the poem explicable. The reader is supposed to delve deep and look for the nuances of language, imagery, rhythm, ideas, and other contributory factors.

mountain trekReading a poetry is no less an art than writing it, painting, trekking through the mountains or spending weeks alone on a deserted island. A great poem brings about a new and deeper meaning every time one reads it. It is necessary to keep in mind the following objectives while reading a poem to understand the full import of every word.

Allow the first reading to be straight and general in order to understand what the poem is about. A careful reading would lead you to the basic meaning and organization of the poem..

The title of the poem is a guiding factor. Also careful observation is required to recognize who the speaker is. The speaker can be the insider directly involved in the action or an outsider sitting on the fence watching events taking their turn.

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While reading the poem the reader has to identify with the speaker and walk on a roller coaster along with the protagonist.

Understanding setting and circumstances in terms of when and where will provide to the reader a firm footing to hold on to while taking a ride through the poem along with the poet. Enjoy a walk with William Wordsworth on the highland to be haunted by the song of the ‘solitary lass’ or experience the atrocities of war in After Blenheim with Robert Southey.

Scanning the subject or theme properly will drive home the real passion of the poet. The subject is the general or specific topic and the theme being the idea or ideas that the poem explores.

It is imperative to interpret the tone of the poem. Does the poet want to share amusement, romance, bereavement, valor, delight, pity, lament or some other emotion with the reader?

Since words are the building blocks of every composition it would be required to look up a dictionary or encyclopedia to finally grasp the content. Get all the words, try to understand dramatic situations, follow the emotional clues. As long as you follow the poem with firmly based observations your reading of poetry will be an experience that is both exciting and rewarding.

Words are slippery by nature and tend to be ambiguous.

There comes the importance of understanding the difference between denotation and connotation. The former is a dictionary meaning establishing conventional correspondence between a sign and an idea while the latter brings out the emotional, psychological, or social overtones. However don’t be tempted to uncover unusual far fetched ideas or elements. It can mar all the fun of reading a poem.

The words may be symbolic. Symbolism is a mental shift from a word to a thing. It opens up a window for the reader to get a glimpse of the outside world.

To understand a poem will also require understanding the form in which the poem has been developed. A poem may be narrative, personal statement, speech, sonnet, couplet, or some other form. It may have different stanzas unified by a common idea. The reader has to take into consideration the poet’s limitation in terms of form.

A reader would appreciate a poem better if he learns to understand the poetic devices in such a way that they come to him spontaneously without much effort or pain. Without figurative language a poem will lose its glamour and grandiose. Rhetorical tools make literary work persuasive and forceful. Some of these device are: metaphor, simile, paradox ,apostrophe, personification, synodoche, metonymy, synthesia, pun, hyperbole ,overstatement or understatement.

To be able to enjoy the spontaneity of the poem the reader pays careful attention to the punctuation. A poem is to be read sentence by sentence rather than reading line by line. The lines are sometimes enjambed. Enjambment is the running over of the sense and grammatical structure from one verse line or couplet to the next without a punctuated pause. In an enjambed or a ‘run on line’ a phrase, clause, or sentence is completed in the next line. Take the following lines from Keats’ ‘A Thing Of Beauty……..’

EX:

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.

In the above example the second line continues to pause after ‘nothingness’ in the third line while the third line culminates into the fifth and the final line. It may be difficult for a beginner to understand the meaning in such a form of a poem. Just remember the subject – verb – object formula to ease the meaning out of the poem.

Sometimes an unusual word or word order may leave a reader baffled. Rephrasing the word order in your mind will do the trick. These anomalies appear in the poem to fulfill the poet’s need of limiting the verse in a particular meter or syllables.

Poets select words not only for content but also for sound. They arrange words in order to coincide sound with important ideas. They try to create measured sounds and give it a rhythm. Prosody is the word which brings to the fore the sound and rhythm. A reader needs to have a hang of metrics, versification or mechanics of verse to read the poem aloud and to sound it pleasing to the ears. How to voice poetry in terms of meter, feet, syllable, rhyme and rhythm calls for a separate detailed study.

A poem travels on the airy surge of The Wind and flows through a poet’s lips to awaken the sleeping earth and to enkindle the dead thoughts of human being as Shelley meant in his ‘Ode to West Wind’. So read on.

Image Sources:

http://www.lifeandfever.com/2010/04/old-poem-revisited.html

Carry Your Tools of The Trade With You, Always!

Jansport Air Pack
I love spending time outside with my art, either painting, taking photographs, or just sitting around in coffee shops searching for a muse or inspiration of sorts. I almost always carry at least a camera, some paper, pencils, pens, and whatever I think I may need to satisfy a sudden creative urge with me. So, a while ago I started looking for a new “haul bag” in the form of a daypack or backpack. I wanted something that as comfortable, spacious and also a little funky (as I am!) I ended up looking at the Jansport range of bags as these seem to be designed mostly for students with books, pens and other things and I found the utility of these bags actually fit my needs as an artist pretty well. I ended up buying the Jansport Air Vital but here are a few of the models I looked at:

Jansport Superbreak Classic Backpack

First on our list is the Jansport Superbreak Classic Backpack. These backpacks are available in a variety of price ranges, from under $14-$35. And of course, they are available in a multitude of color schemes. This backpack features a large main compartment and a pocket on the front that includes an organizer to store all your vital supplies. It has a 1550 cubic inch capacity and is built with padded shoulder straps and a padded, cushioned back that extends two thirds down the length of the backpack. It is constructed from 600 D Poly and 11 W Corduroy. Its dimensions are 16.75″ x 13″ x 8.5″.

Jansport Big Student Backpack

Next item: the Jansport Big Student Backpack. These backpacks are priced anywhere from $23.75 up to $49.99. These Jansport packs are constructed from 600 D polyester and are made with S- curved straps that conform to your shoulders. They are constructed with two main compartments for storing large items such as books and tablets, and also feature a front pocket that has an organizer and headphone port! And at the bottom of these — a stash pocket. A lifetime warranty is included. Dimensions on these backpacks are 17.5″ x 10″ x 13″. I have admit though, some of these look a little dated and my partner said it looked like a diaper bag backpack, which cased me to promptly give it a skip!

Jansport “Hellcat”

Another great looking set of Jansport backpacks are called their “Hellcat” backpacks. Normally priced from $45-$50, they measure 18″ x 14″ x 8.5″ and have a carrying capacity of 2,000 cubic inches. The Hellcat is also made of very durable 600 D polyester and ways about 2 pounds when empty. It has a main compartment as well as a front 3/4-sized storage compartment and a gear stash that is equipped with bungee cord zipper pulls. These packs also feature side compression straps to keep the backpack close to your kids body for less back strain and more comfort.

Jansport Air Vital Street Tech Daypack

The one I got — the Jansport Air Vital Street Tech Daypack. Priced from just under $25 to just under $54, these backpacks are available in innovative colors like Pink Daiquiri, Blue Slate, Surplus Green and Purple Satin. The Air Vital daypack features 1-1/2 main compartments that are equipped with dual interior mesh pockets and a pouch located right up front — how handy! They are also equipped with a security pocket for storing valuable items such as cell phones and iPods, and are also equipped with a cord port, water bottle pocket, and much more.

Jansport Klamath 85 Backpack

Finally, I’d like to mention the Jansport Klamath 85 Backpack. This is a bit more pricey (regular retail price is $175 — but if you look around I’m sure you can find it for sale more cheaply). This line of backpacks are designed especially for travel and all sorts of outdoor and wilderness adventures — it has an internal frame, and extendable lid and bivy, dual-side zippered pockets, not one but two water bottle pockets and a breathable mesh panel located on the back. This one is highly recommended if your child does a lot of camping, hiking or participates in a lot of outdoor activities and needs a good backpack.