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Month-long workshop of mural painting starts.

ISLAMABAD -- A month-long workshop of painting Mural with basic and advanced techniques started here Tuesday for amateur artists and art students of twin cities.

The course is being conducted by Rabia Malik at Kuch Khaas, Center for Arts, Culture and Dialogue. During various sessions of the workshop, the students will be introduced to the fusion of technique and medium.

The participants will create Mural paintings by using the styles of realism, cubism, expressionism etc. with contemporary and innovative methodologies, collaborative frameworks and reflective studio-based practice.

The course aims to familiarize the students with all the stages and preparation that preface the creating of a work of art. It would enable students to develop an appropriate body of practical work as initially students will be introduced to oil paints, dyes, acrylic tones and hand coloring, said the organizers.

Mural is a piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall, ceiling or other large permanent surface (canvas). In contemporary art, Murals are painted in a variety of ways using oil or water-based media. The styles can vary from abstract to trompe-l'oeil (a French term to trick the eye).

Murals are important as they bring art into the public sphere with a dramatic impact whether consciously or subconsciously on the attitudes of passerby, when they are added to areas where people live and work.

It can also be argued that presence of large, public murals can add aesthetic improvement to the daily lives of residents, they function as an important means of communication for members of socially, ethnically and racially divided communities in times of conflict and proved to be an effective tool in establishing a dialogue, the organizers said.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:May 9, 2012
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