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What Is Digital Media Art?

Artistic expression has evolved through the ages of human civilization based on the tools we have at hand. Ten thousand years ago our ancestors painted on cave walls with natural pigments. Early Mediterranean peoples in Crete painted frescoes on the walls of their palaces. The development of art has progressed throughout the course of human history. The advent of computers and software art programs has simply created yet another set of canvases and tools through which artists can express themselves

This is an example of fractal art

Digital Media

  • According for the Centre for Digital Media in Canada, “media experiences made possible by the advent of primarily computer-mediated digital technologies” belong to category of media experiences known as Digital Media. In other words, Digital Media includes any picture, music file, video game or website produced using computerized or digital technology.

Digital Art

  • Works of Art which are created using computerized or digital technologies also belong to the Digital Media family. This Digital Media Art, or Digital Art as it is commonly called, presents itself everywhere in our society. The clip art used in printed fliers, the emergence of digital photography and the development of photopainting all serve as examples of Digital Art.

Digital Photography

  • According to the digital artist behind WithDigitalEyes, digital art falls into three formats: Digital photography, digital painting and fractals. Digital Photography involves the use of photographs, whether digital or from film, and computerized technology. “The artist uses image editing and special effects software to perform darkroom type manipulations.” Photopainting represents another form of Digital Photography, one that involves using painting software that allows the artist to infuse the picture with additional artistic expression.

Digital Painting

  • Works of art created completely within the bounds of computerized digital technology and image editing or painting software represent works of Digital Painting, the second main format of Digital Art. Images produced wholly within the computer environment may present as either two-dimensional or three-dimensional pictures, depending on the artist’s intent. According to SurrealPixelStudo, this form of art includes “hand-illustrated artwork which has been created by drawing brushstrokes with a pressure sensitive pen onto an electronic canvas, called a tablet.”

Fractals

  • The third main form of digital art involves the use of mathematical algorithms to create fractal images involving repeating patterns of geometric shapes. According to Fractalus, a FractalArt FAQ website, Fractal art “seeks to reflect and emphasize the eternal expressions of order and chaos that permeates Nature’s structures and behaviors as well as the intricacies of humanity through the use of self-similar patterns and shapes.”

The Advantages of Graffiti Art

Since its early days as mere vandalism on the walls of subway trains to the more elaborate and professional-looking pieces that adorn the walls of cities in the 21st century, graffiti art has become an expressive, if controversial, part of culture. While some people view graffiti as a scourge to urban environments, modern graffiti has become more accepted — and sometimes even legalized by city authorities — thanks to a number of advantages that have emerged.

The quality of graffiti can vary, but it's always eye-catching.

Brings Art to Public

  • The problem with art in the 21st century is the notion that it’s sometimes just not seen, thanks to a lack of interest from people, especially the younger generation. These people don’t go to museums and art exhibitions, and so aren’t generally exposed to works of art. Well-worked graffiti helps to redress this problem by bringing art directly to the public, pushing it in their faces, and perhaps helping to foster an interest in artwork that will drive individuals to explore the art world further.

Valuable Form of Self-Expression

  • Graffiti gives individuals the freedom to express themselves in a way that they wouldn’t have had otherwise. For some, this freedom comes from the accessibility of graffiti; all this medium needs is a spray can and an idea, and the artist can create what he wants, as opposed to having to purchase expensive supplies to get started. For other graffiti artists, the advantage of the medium is that they can express an opinion or idea, such as a political point, and get it seen, in a bid to be heard and perhaps create an impact.

Brightens Up Area

  • Well-worked graffiti art is typically creative, colorful and bold, and thus it changes the character of the particular area where it appears. In many cases, this change is positive, since the art turns drab and monotone buildings and bare walls into interesting and eye-catching exhibitions of the imagination. Neighborhoods are brightened up without local authorities needing to engage in refurbishment programs.

Raises Area’s Profile

  • A lot of high-quality graffiti contained within a particular area can raise that neighborhood’s profile significantly as an arts scene. In time, other artists flock there, and the cultural value of the area is increased. This can in the long-term aid the local economy, as tourists head to the area to look at the graffiti, and local-run tours pop up to show visitors around.

In Education

  • Art is often taught to youngsters as part of their education, but not everyone takes to it. For some, the problem lies in the medium; an individual might not enjoy traditional forms, such as painting and sculpture for instance, while others fail to find art relevant within their lives. When graffiti is taught as an alternative medium of artwork, it may inspire these individuals, being more rooted in 21st century life than traditional art forms.

When Your Subject Envelops You

While there are endless subjects for drawing, there’s something that’s truly fascinating about botanical art in particular. Looking out my window, I can see the world bursting into life as I watched the hillside trees across the valley every day. In winter the trees were a dull brown, in which I could see the branches and even the curves of the ground, exposing tree trunks standing and fallen. A month ago, I noticed a change: color was beginning to flirt from the treetops as buds began to form. And now, the valley is a blanket of green, and if I didn’t know any better, I would think that I could lay my head on the soft pillow of foliage, oblivious to the reality of the branches and bark.

How to draw botanical art, Drawing by Wendy Hollender | ArtistsNetwork.com

On a more micro level, the flowers in my landscaping have pushed through the hard layer of dirt, forcing their will to meet the sun. Every day the plants grow a little bigger, a little prettier, a little more colorful.

It’s enough to make you want to draw them, before they begin the inevitable downward spiral that Fall will bring.

If you plan it well, you could create botanical art en plein air in just about any medium, but colored pencil is a convenient way to capture the beauty of flowers and plants, because the only other things you need are paper and a pencil sharpener. If you want to do one better, take with you the Wendy Hollender Botanical Art kit, which includes Hollender’s Botanical Drawing in Color: A Basic Guide to Mastering Realistic Form and Naturalistic Color and an issue of The Artist’s Magazine that includes even more lessons from this expert. Scroll down for a special flower drawing demonstration by the artist.

I hope that you have flowers and plants to enjoy in your daily life, perhaps at home, at work, or along your commute. But maybe you prefer to go out of your way to find subjects for your own botanical drawings. In Ohio, for example, there are several places that I can name off the top of my head that would make excellent drawing destinations. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, the Columbus Botanical Garden, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden are just a few examples. But tell me–where’s your favorite place to draw plant life? Comment on our blog or on the ArtistsNetwork Facebook page, and we’ll choose a random winner to win some free art supplies as a way of saying thank you for joining the conversation. (Must be a U.S. resident to win; winner will be chosen

Digital Technology & Its Impact on Filmmaking

Digital technology has changed the way we view films. New digital cameras capture sharper, clearer footage, and the technology has made special effects increasingly impressive. Digital technology has also become cheaper and more accessible.

History

  • The second half of the 20th century marked the advent of digital technology in film making. “Star Wars” was the first of its kind to use computer generated special effects. Disney’s “Tron” in 1982 was the first movie to use high resolution imagery. Seven years later, director James Cameron used computer generated images (CGI) in his live action film “The Abyss.” Ten years later, every scene in George Lucas’ “The Phantom Menace” included CGI.

Image and Sound Quality

  • Digital cameras increase image resolution which created higher quality pictures. Footage filmed with a digital camera is also easier to edit. Unlike analog film, it does not lose any signals during the editing process. Digitally recorded sound also has a higher quality than analog-recorded audio. The resolution is higher, and the sound quality does not deteriorate.

Special Effects

  • In the early days of film making, special effects were achieved through camera tricks. Those effects looked amateurish, and sometimes proved to be more humorous than convincing. Digital technology can create dazzling special effects that appear realistic and natural, and engineers use computers to insert them into the films.

Impact on Plot

  • The advances in special effects have impacted how movies are made. However, some people argue that as special effects get better, movie plots become worse. Critics claim that directors exploit digital technology so much that they ignore a weak plot. The result is a technically spectacular movie with a insubstantial story.

The Democratization of Filmmaking

  • Digital technology has made the art of film making more accessible. Decent quality digital camcorders are available to anyone, and editing programs can be accessed on a home computer. Websites such as You Tube provide global exposure for budding filmmakers. Films that would not have been before digital technology can now be seen all over the world.

 What Is a Religious Icon?

A religious icon is a representation of a saint, the Blessed Virgin or Christ that may be rendered in paint on wood, ceramic mosaic, precious stones or metals, weavings and tapestries, marble, ivory or other media. Most commonly, icons are defined as paintings on wood panels, displayed and venerated in the Eastern Orthodox tradition. They are symbolic windows to the sacred through which the faithful contemplate holy mysteries and, some believe, the figure depicted in the icon offers a blessing in return.

A 12th-century mosaic at the Hagia Sophia shows the Virgin and Christ Child against a gold background.

Portable and Permanent Icons

  • Religious icons are created to inspire direct communication with the saint or deity depicted. Believers seek a sense of the presence of the sacred, and they petition the subject of the icon for a special grace or healing. Small icons, like religious medals, can be worn around the neck. Historically, icons were suspended on poles and carried into battle to secure victory in the name of God. Other forms of icons include wooden triptychs, which are three-fold painted panels that open out, “awakening” the icon and firing up a connection to the divine. Church frescoes and mosaics are fixed panels and walls showing sacred figures and scenes. Churches like the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, a magnificent domed basilica with a ceiling and walls decorated with elaborate mosaic icons, were designed to celebrate Christian articles of faith in images.

Breathing Spirit

  • Making the traditional painted wood icon involves a series of symbolic actions. The selection and preparation of the thinnest panel of seasoned wood reminds believers of the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life. The breath of life is evoked when the iconographer breathes on the image to moisten it slightly so the delicate gold leaf will adhere to it. Gold represents the divine light of paradise, and it shines behind the image of a saint to indicate that the saint is looking down from heaven. Each of the egg tempura colors has its own meaning. Red is divinity or martyrdom, white means wisdom or purity, white with black symbolizes truth, orange is faith, greens and browns mean the earth and humanity, and blue is the symbol for eternity. Even the egg in the paint mix is a symbol for resurrection.

Widespread Iconography

  • Icons are associated with Christianity, but they have existed as powerful and mystical objects from earliest recorded history. Cave chambers covered in paintings may have been sites of religious worship and revelation. Pagan images evoked the gods and goddesses. Asian religions continue to connect icons with powerful blessings; Hindu statues of deities are believed to be murtis — living figures of the gods. Artistic depictions of religious scenes and saints were important teaching tools, bringing the great mysteries of many faiths to the uneducated and illiterate. Today, Roman Catholics expressly permit iconic statues, paintings, carved panels and stained glass windows in their churches for purposes of inspiration and contemplation. But Catholics are reminded to venerate the idea represented, not the image.

Not by Human Hands

  • Some icons are considered miraculous, their origins not attributed to work by human hands. The term for these icons is “acheiropoieta,” and they include a Byzantine cloth, called the Mandylion, bearing the image of the face of Christ. This is a concept nearly identical to the Roman Catholic Shroud of Turin, believed to be the grave wrappings of Christ that bear his imprint. One characteristic of acheiropoieta is the ability to transmit iconic images — copy itself to another media. Another acheiropoieta, the Keramion, is a ceramic tile said to have received the Christ image from the Mandylion after coming in contact with it. These supernaturally produced icons — like the Mexican statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe — are venerated as relics and seen as sources of divine power and healing.Read more : http://www.ehow.com/facts_5202777_religious-icon_.html

Jobs That Fit a Philosophy & Religion Degree

Your degree in philosophy and religion provides excellent preparation for many careers. You have explored the basic principles of existence and gained valuable insight into matters of social justice and human rights. You have well-honed communication and critical thinking skills, a combination that will open doors to both traditional and not-so traditional careers.

You can explore other options.

Teaching

  • With an advanced degree in philosophy and religion, you can teach in a college or university. If you have chosen the field of education, you can enjoy working with students and keeping up with the latest developments. In addition to preparing and implementing lesson plans, you will evaluate the students, serve on committees and write articles and books. You may also be asked to design “distance learning” courses over the Internet. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there will be an increase in employment of post-secondary teachers during the decade ending 2018.

University and College Support Positions

  • It makes sense to explore opportunities in a familiar field where you have experienced success. Entry-level opportunities exist in many areas, including admissions, housing, athletics, student life and alumni affairs. You can apply your expertise to helping students survive and thrive in a new environment. Each year, colleges and universities hire alumni to fill many of these positions. The field is a very dynamic one with frequent moves and promotions, especially among admissions and alumni affairs officers. Admission officers recruit potential students, create promotional materials, review applications and interview students. Alumni affairs officers write publications, coordinate social events and conduct tours.

Fundraising

  • Many entry-level positions exist for generalists who can handle all aspects of philanthropy, including planning special events, writing grants and proposals, recruiting volunteers and soliciting funds.These jobs are more altruistic than profit related and may appeal to philosophy and religion graduates.You could raise funds for a particular charity, oversee a scholarship fund or sponsor a youth group. Arts organizations also have fundraising professionals on staff. Museums, symphonies, ballets and operas rely heavily on grant funds, corporate donations and general solicitation campaigns to fund their activities. Volunteer with a nonprofit organization and determine whether or not philanthropy is a good option.

Communications

  • You can understand and analyze complicated texts, develop a well-structured argument and express ideas in a clear and persuasive manner. As a recent graduate, you have worked with state-of-the-art software applications and have developed programming skills. Most entry-level jobs in the computer field do not require specialized knowledge; they simply require a comfort level with the present technology and a willingness to keep up-to-date. You can also parlay these skills into technical writing jobs. Use your well-developed research and writing skills to create proposals, manuals, articles and instruction sheets. You qualify for many government jobs, especially those associated with developing programs and writing reports. In the political arena, you can help plan campaigns and write speeches for the candidate of your choice.

How to Write Graffiti Letters

Graffiti letters are works of street art, yet learning how to write graffiti letters can be made by anyone with art supplies and a little patience. Graffiti letters come in many shapes, from the tangled, unreadable snarls of wild style to the bubblegum cuteness of balloon style. Many graffitists begin with balloon style and move into other styles as they gain skill and confidence

Practice makes perfect.

Instructions

  1. Pick a word to write in graffiti letters. Maybe use your nickname. Write this word in your normal style with a thick marker on a piece of paper. Don’t be shy; use a big sheet of paper and make large letters.
  2. Outline your letters with the thick marker. You are not tracing over the old lines; you are outlining the original strokes of your marker.
  3. Repeat this outlining process until your letters touch each other or overlap.
  4. Place a sheet of tracing paper over what you have done. Lightly trace just the outlines of your letters with a pencil.
  5. Transfer the tracing to a fresh sheet of paper.
  6. Round off the corners of your outlined letters. Go over the lines with a pen or marker. Fill in the outlined shapes of the letters with color.
  7. Congratulations, you have just made simple, balloon style graffiti letters.

How to Design 3D Images

Designing a 3D image requires the use of a computer program that can create a 3D model and computer-generated imagery (CGI). The 3D image requires the use of specific lighting and texture attributes to complete its final look. Some animation programs enable you to do all these in a single program, while some are dedicated for specific CGI works such as 3D modeling, animation, lighting and texturing.

Designing a 3D image requires the use of a 3D perspective.

Instructions

  1. Conceptualize the look you want for your 3D image. You can do this by hand or digitally-drawing a still image. Collect all 3D modeling data required to design your image in the computer. The data may include those acquired from a motion-capture camera or those acquired from a 3D-scanned scale model, especially for 3D images meant to be used for animation productions. If you are only designing the 3D image and not animating it, use your still image as your primary guide for your design.
  2. Start making your 3D model using a 3D-modeling program or an animation program that is also capable of creating 3D models. This model serves as the skeletal system of your image, which is essential in finalizing its look. The 3D-modeling process requires the creation of “avars” or hinges, which are dots that compose the 3D image’s skeletal system. These dots — forming various geometric entities such as lines, triangles, rectangles and flat and curved surfaces — are required to complete the image’s shape. Collectively, the avars you make also work as bones and joints, which are important when intending to use the 3D image for an animation project.
  3. Form and shape the body, skin and/or surface of your 3D model. Incorporate all other body or object parts to cover the 3D model’s skeletal system. If your design is a human character, design the clothes and establish the character’s personality based on its physical attributes. If your design is an animal or object, design its physical attributes accordingly as well.
  4. Render your final 3D image and export it to your desired file format.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_8428652_design-3d-images.html

Instructions

  1. Conceptualize the look you want for your 3D image. You can do this by hand or digitally-drawing a still image. Collect all 3D modeling data required to design your image in the computer. The data may include those acquired from a motion-capture camera or those acquired from a 3D-scanned scale model, especially for 3D images meant to be used for animation productions. If you are only designing the 3D image and not animating it, use your still image as your primary guide for your design.
  2. Start making your 3D model using a 3D-modeling program or an animation program that is also capable of creating 3D models. This model serves as the skeletal system of your image, which is essential in finalizing its look. The 3D-modeling process requires the creation of “avars” or hinges, which are dots that compose the 3D image’s skeletal system. These dots — forming various geometric entities such as lines, triangles, rectangles and flat and curved surfaces — are required to complete the image’s shape. Collectively, the avars you make also work as bones and joints, which are important when intending to use the 3D image for an animation project.
  3. Form and shape the body, skin and/or surface of your 3D model. Incorporate all other body or object parts to cover the 3D model’s skeletal system. If your design is a human character, design the clothes and establish the character’s personality based on its physical attributes. If your design is an animal or object, design its physical attributes accordingly as well.
  4. Render your final 3D image and export it to your desired file format.

How to Teach High School Theater

You got a job teaching high school theatre. Now what?Teaching theatre can be challenging, but it can change your students’ lives forever. In this guide, you will learn valuable tools for teaching high school theatre.

Teaching High School Theatre without a Text Book

  1. Prepare for your first day with a pre-written course syllabus and a set of your own expectations. Theatre students are, by nature, communicators. Your classroom environment should allow students freedom of expression. Some students may have been put in your class, without having registered for it. Assure these students that their completion of the course will benefit them in more ways than simply obtaining theatrical training.
  2. Allow students the freedom to create their own list of expectations from the class. This will assure them that they should feel comfortable in theatre class. Remind them, that you are the teacher, but you are open to suggestions.
  3. Begin instruction with a history of theatre. Consider assigning students a web quest (search History of Theatre web quests in any search engine). Web quests give students freedom to search the Internet for relevant information on a given topic and instruct students to create a product for presentation.
  4. Allow students to choose a one-act play and use the basic design of a play to teach playwrighting and formats. Use this play to assign first performance-a monologue chosen from the play they read.
  5. Use clips from “Whose Line is it Anyway” to introduce improvisational theatre. Provide students with improvisation situations, or allow them to create their own, and allow them to perform them for the class. Use your props and costume box to acclimate students to using these materials on stage.
  6. As a class, choose a full-length play to read aloud and study. Some classes may choose to perform the play for an audience. Ask other teachers in the school to bring their classes to your room or to the performance location to serve as your audience. Recommended plays for classroom analysis are: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, The Miracle Worker by William Gibson, Our Town by Thornton Wilder or Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. It is essential that you incorporate a study of the playwright’s biography in your instruction.Choose scenes from the play for students to rehearse and perform. You may also conduct auditions to prepare the students for the rigorous process of auditioning.Allow students access to your props and costume box for their performance of scenes.
  7. As a final project, require your students to research an unlikely career field that utilizes theatrical elements. Examples include: lawyer, teacher, author, salesperson, public speaker, and motivational speakers. Require that your students either write a paper, create a power-point or some other presentation format for evaluation.

The Effects of Theatre Education

  • Students involved in drama performance coursework or experience outscored non-arts students on the 2005 SAT by an average of 65 points in the verbal component and 34 points in the math component(1)?
  • Drama activities improve reading comprehension, and both verbal and non-verbal communication skills?
  • Drama helps to improve school attendance and reduce high school dropout rates(2)?
  • A 2005 Harris Poll revealed that 93% of the public believes that arts, including theatre, are vital to a well-rounded education (3)?
  • Drama can improve skills and academic performance in children and youth with learning disabilities?

DRAMA IMPROVES ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
Numerous studies have demonstrated a correlation between drama involvement and academic achievement. In addition to having higher standardized test scores than their peers who do not experience the arts, student who participate in drama often experience improved reading comprehension, maintain better attendance records, and stay generally more engaged in school than their non-arts counterparts. Schools with arts-integrated programs, even in low-income areas, report high academic achievement.

DRAMA STUDENTS OUTPERFORM NON-ARTS PEERS ON SAT TESTS
The College Entrance Examination Board reported student scores from 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005 using data from the Student Description Questionnaire indicating student involvement in various activities, including the arts. As compared to their peers with no arts coursework or involvement:

  • Students involved in drama performance scored an average of 65.5 points higher on the verbal component and 35.5 points higher in the math component of the SAT
  • Students who took courses in drama study or appreciation scored, on average, 55 points higher on verbal and 26 points higher on math than their non-arts classmates.
  • In 2005, students involved in drama performance outscored the national average SAT score by 35 points on the verbal portion and 24 points on the math section.

ATTENDANCE
Research indicates that involvement in the arts increases student engagement and encourages consistent attendance, and that drop-out rates correlate with student levels of involvement in the arts.

  • – Students considered to be at high risk for dropping out of high school cite drama and other arts classes as their motivations for staying in school.
  • – Students who participate in the arts are 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance than those who do not.

READING COMPREHENSION
From learning to read to the in-depth study of Shakespearean literature, drama can play a significant role in the continual development of students’ reading comprehension skills. Studies indicate that not only do the performance of a story and a number of other drama activities in the classroom contribute to a student’s understanding of the work performed, but these experiences also help them to develop a better understanding of other works and of language and expression in general.  The results below were gleaned from studies where educators and students alike noticed a difference when drama played a part in their classrooms,

  • A series of studies on the arts and education revealed a consistent causal link between performing texts in the classroom and the improvement of a variety of verbal skills, including especially significant increases in story recall and understanding of written material.
  • Performance of Shakespeare texts helps to improve students’ understanding of other complex texts including science and math material.
  • Drama can improve reading skills and comprehension better than other activities, including discussion.
BUILDING SELF-ESTEEM THROUGH DRAMA
In addition to building social and communication skills overall, involvement in drama courses and performance has been shown to improve students’ self-esteem as well as their confidence in their academic abilities.

  • High school students who are highly involved in drama demonstrate an elevated self-concept over those who are not involved .
  • Playwriting original works and dramatic presentation of existing works can help to build the self-esteem and communication skills of high school students.
  • The act of performing can help students and youth recognize their potential for success and improve their confidence .

BRIDGING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP
Since the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act, there has been a national focus on closing the “achievement gap” between students of varying abilities, socioeconomic status, and geographies among other factors that may directly or indirectly affect a student’s academic success.  The arts, including drama, address this issue by catering to different styles of learning, and engaging students who might not otherwise take significant interest in academics.  Additionally, research indicates that drama courses and performance have a particularly positive effect on at-risk youth and students with learning disabilities.

  • A study published in Champions of Change (1999) cites theatre arts, including performance, classes, and participation in a drama club, as a source for “gains in reading proficiency, gains in self-concept and motivation, and higher levels of empathy and tolerance towards others” among youth of low socio-economic status .
  • Drama activities can improve and help to maintain social and language skills of students with learning disabilities and remedial readers .
  • Improvisational drama contributes to improved reading achievement and attitude in disadvantaged students .

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How to Use a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion

Religion plays a major role in the modern world, from the holy wars of Islamic jihadists to issues about diversity in the workplace. The study of religion is also a study of cultures, which can add considerably to a student’s knowledge and prepare her for a variety of careers outside the typical path of the ministry.

A religious social worker reads to a senior man.

What You’ll Learn

  • Before you consider how a degree in religion might be useful in a career, take stock of the skills and knowledge such a degree offers. A religious study major learns critical thinking skills by comparing and contrasting different religions and the cultures to which they belong, according to “The Princeton Review.” Religious studies will help improve your cultural literacy, according to the Why Study Religion website developed by the American Academy of Religion. You’ll learn how to analyze perplexing ethical questions and be trained in data gathering and direct observational skills. Finally, you will learn to value others’ perspectives and develop empathy.

Many Career Options

  • Religion majors have entered diverse careers, such as business, counseling, social work, education, journalism, law and medicine. They can be found in the hospitality and service industries, government positions, the Foreign Service, marketing, management, museums and the arts. Louisiana State University reports its students have gone on for graduate study at law school, nursing school and seminaries, and have earned degrees in biblical studies and social work. Other possible careers include community organizer, church administrator and high school teacher.

Start or Finish

  • Whether your bachelor’s degree is the last step in your education or the beginning of a longer journey depends on your ultimate goal. If your goal is social work, a bachelor’s degree in religion might be acceptable to some employers. Many teaching positions require only a bachelor’s degree. On the other hand, if you want to pursue a doctorate of divinity, you’ll need to go on for a master’s degree and then enter a doctoral program. If your goal is medicine, your bachelor’s degree will allow you to enter medical school as long as you also complete prerequisites such as biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and English, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Other Considerations

  • Education is only part of the picture for many careers. In addition to your bachelor’s degree, you might need other credentials or training to enter some professions, according to the BLS. Some states require social workers to be licensed. Teachers must typically complete a teaching internship to gain experience and must be certified or credentialed by the state in which they work. Physicians need a license and most choose to become board-certified, while lawyers must pass the bar examinations. Contact the governing board or professional association in your state to determine what you might need for the career you choose.

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The Fun Of Collectible Card Games For Both Kids And Adults The majority of the young boys these days, or even years ago, would love to have a great collection of basketball, baseball, hockey, or soccer cards. For several years now, card collections have been built all around various kinds of sports that are also very much appealing to kids around the globe. You will notice that the latest trend these days in collections have been spreading into television shows and online games, giving every child the chance to play, trade, and collect worldwide! As a matter of fact, there have been a lot of boys who would choose to carry all of these collectible cards even if they’re already in their adulthood. You can actually say that wanting to have collectible cards is just a passing trend that a lot of boys would really want to get themselves involve in, but for some, this trend may turn out to be something more – a passion. As a matter of fact, a lot of men would most likely keep their card collection habit all throughout their entire life and even collect some more as years pass by. You might have some men in your mind right now whom you think is still in to collectible cards, coins, stamps, and many other collections that they’ve been collecting since childhood.
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Did you know that it was actually trading card games which started out the collectible card games? By having anime TV shows that are popular to most kids these days, card games will definitely become an instant winner to every child. There have been reports of a wide variety of anime card games that actually hit the markets and were even said to be experiencing a stunning success!
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Collectible Card Games Open-handed Rules Unlike all the other typical games, when it comes to card games, the rules are absolutely very open to whatever the child sees as well as the availability of cards. They may always choose to collect cards based on whatever is the part of the game that they think is important. A card has its value increased based on what is the description of he card as well as what picture is printed on these cards. The very reason why each game deck is unique is because every player, no matter their age, would try their best to find that exact content that they desire. Toy stores would even capitalize on these particular trends which would create tournaments and trading sessions wherein all players, whether they’re young or adults, may be able to use whatever cards they have and battle their opponents. Teenagers and adults would view tournaments as more appealing to them as they understand the concept of getting better cards from their opponent’s deck should they win the challenge.

Differences in Mesopotamian and Egyptian Cultures

To the modern observer, the ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations likely seem very similar. Both had cities, writing, codes of laws, a relatively high standard of living, art, music, religion, literature, meticulous record-keeping and a fairly similar climate. However, they differed in important ways, especially in terms of religion, politics, culture, art and architecture.The ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian cultures differed in several important ways.

Differences in ReligionBoth ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia were polytheistic, and in both religions, priests played a crucial role, but the two differed in key ways.

The approximately 700 gods of ancient Egypt were often personifications of natural forces, such as the sun and the Nile. One important characteristic of ancient Egyptian religion was the Egyptians’ veneration of the pharaohs as reincarnated gods. The Egyptians are also famous for their elaborate view of the afterlife.

One major difference between the Egyptian and Mesopotamian religions was the “local” or regional quality of the latter; early on in Mesopotamia, specific deities came to be identified with specific locations. Another distinction was the hierarchical division of Mesopotamian deities, with four gods–those of heaven, earth, water and air– being the highest creative powers from which all lesser gods derived.

The Mesopotamians considered their temples, or ziggurats, links between heaven and earth.
Political DifferencesAncient Egypt had a highly centralized government. Its efficient bureaucracy and the pharaohs’ exalted position meant that rulers wielded great power over the entire country.

The governments of ancient Mesopotamia, in contrast, were more regional in character, with each city having its own government, and they included elements of what we would call democracy. Kings (of city-states) arose as the civilization developed, but elected assemblies had important powers, too, even over the kings. The Mesopotamians also held the law, and “covenants” or contracts, in high regard, as we know from the famous Code of Hammurabi, among other sources.

Ancient Egyptian pharoahs had more power than Mesopotamian kings.
Cultural DifferencesThe cultures of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia were both quite similar and very different; both were predominantly agricultural societies dependent upon rivers–the Nile in Egypt and the Tigris and Euphrates in Mesopotamia. And in both, the vast majority of people were engaged in agriculture, but both also contained sophisticated urbanites, bureaucracies and educated and artistic classes and traded with other civilizations, .

The distinctive characteristics of Egyptian culture were a love of stability and order and a certain optimism or confidence, which many scholars attribute to the reliability of the Nile’s annual cycle. The centrality of religion in the Egyptian worldview and the development of elaborate hieroglyphic writing were also hallmarks of this civilization.

Life in the Mesopotamian city-states was generally more difficult and more uncertain, since for most of these city-states, the climate, the fluctuating relations with neighboring tribes and cities and the behavior of the rivers were less stable and predictable than in Egypt. Perhaps because of this, the ancient Mesopotamians surpassed the Egyptians in science, especially in technology and innovation. The ancient Mesopotamians’ cuneiform alphabet was another important achievement of this civilization.

The ancient Mesopotamian societies were more inventive, but less stable and prosperous than Egypt.
Differences in Art and ArchitectureThe famous architectural achievements of ancient Egypt reflect the highly centralized power, stability and bureaucratic efficiency of a country that could mobilize cheap labor in almost unlimited quantities. They were also made possible by the availability of stone in the region.

In addition to their magnificent stone architecture, the ancient Egyptians are known for their invention and use of paper, which they made from the papyrus reeds growing along the Nile. They also created a beautiful array of pottery and painting.

The comparatively scattered and diverse character of ancient Mesopotamia, and the relative paucity of natural resources, meant that Mesopotamia did not rival Egypt in terms of artistic and architectural achievements. Mesopotamian communities did produce sculpture, painting and pottery, but generally the art that has survived is smaller and less advanced than that produced in Egypt. Mesopotamia is known, instead, for its cuneiform tablets, its official seals and, above all, its temples. The distinctive beauty of the Mesopotamian ziggurat represents the highest artistic and architectural achievement of this civilization.

The ziggurat, or temple, is the most important artistic achievement of ancient Mesopotamia.

If You’re Told to Give Up on Art

It’s hard to imagine that anyone would tell another person to give up on something. It’s even harder to believe that this happened to the artist who drew Weighted Stasis, the figure drawing featured today. It’s by Dan Gheno, author of Figure Drawing Master Class: Lessons in Life Drawing, which is part of a special offer that also includes a one-year subscription to Drawing magazine–an excellent combination of resources. Read his excerpt below on how to train your hand to do what you want it to and achieve your desired results. And if you’re ever told to quit your art, then send the naysayer my way.

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Also, there’s still time to enter the Richeson Product Project. In fact, you can enter daily through May 15 for your chance to win free art supplies. Don’t miss your chance–today’s prize alone is valued at $200. ~Cherie

Training Your Hand
by Dan Gheno

How many times have you heard the lament, “I would love to draw and paint–if I had some talent for it.” My response is usually, “You don’t need any talent. You just need to work hard.”

One might be better off not having any talent to start with. Too many people hopelessly fixate on the word “talent.”It is not an easily definable word. Talent is an elusive concept that means many things to many people. It can refer to all aspects of the artistic endeavor, including broad, overarching issues of originality and imagination, and the artist’s ability to organize interesting color and value relationships. But to most people invoking this mysterious word, “talent” simply represents the ability to make the hand do what the eye sees and the brain wants or, to use a technical term, eye-hand coordination.

Many children are born with strong eye-hand coordination. As a kid, I knew young artists of my generation who could draw circles around me. I had so little eye-hand coordination that my more talented friends suggested I give up drawing and find another mode of creativity. Unfortunately, none of those individuals draw anymore. If you are born with great talent and you never had to fight to train your hand, it’s easy to rest on your laurels. As a young artist, it’s hard to know that if you don’t use a talent, you’re condemned to lose it.

As a child, I didn’t personally know any adult artists; I looked to the Old Masters for inspiration. I scrutinized Michelangelo’s life with exasperation, noting that he already had strong control of the medium by his teenage years. I used to lie in bed at night and fantasize about entering into a time warp, where I could spend a decade developing my eye-hand coordination, then returning to my life as a child with some manual dexterity amassed. I knew the next-best solution was to practice, day in and day out, for at least an hour or two daily until I gained the control I lacked.

I practiced straight lines and circles, cubes and pyramids, drawing them repeatedly with abysmal results. I soon realized that I needed a new strategy. Taking a page from the many how-to manuals popular at the time, I started to copy body parts from Old Master drawings, anatomy books and expert comic-book artists of the 1950s and 1960s, trying to collect a vocabulary of visual shapes, just as a writer tries to build up a base of useful words and phrases. ~D.G.