August 30, 2011

Favorite L’Oreal Models : Aishwarya Rai

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Aishwarya Rai is an Indian model and actress and a former Miss World. She won Miss World in 1994. She is also one of the successful women who has been chosen at one time or another by the cosmetics company L’Oreal to represent its brand. Aishwarya is the favorite L’oreal model of some consumers.


Aishwarya Rai represented the brand as one of the Loreal models in the early part of 2011. She was later replaced by Freida Pinto, who acted in Slumdog Millionaire.


Aishwarya Rai has acted in films written in several languages, including Tamil, English and Bengali. To date, she has appeared in more than 40 different films. She is married and her husband is an actor as well. His name is Abhishek Bachchan.

Polka Dots Backgrounds

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Polka dots backgrounds are used in a wide variety of art images. They are used on website backgrounds, as well as on curtains, tablecloths and other fabric, cell phone cases and to make fashionable prints for clothing.


Polka dots are often associated with the dance of that name. A few female politicians in recent times have worn polka dots on their toenails.

Polka dots are frequently used in Yayoi Kusama art images.


The next time you see polka dot backgrounds the cheerful dots might be in emails, on blogs, or on a Twitter background.

August 29, 2011

Chinese Vases: The Secret of Porcelain

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Chinese porcelain vases look translucent. Fine porcelain vases have the appearance of glass and for many years potters across the world tried to make pottery like that, without success.


Chinese porcelain and other arts fromChinaare some ofChina’s main exports. Many persons in countries across the world are now interested in learning how to grow a bonsai tree, or how to make a Chinese vase.


Chinese porcelain contains feldspar quartz. It also contains fine clay called kaolin. Different types of Chinese porcelain contain these two ingredients in different quantities.

Lacquer in Chinese Art: An Ancient Tradition

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Lacquer is naturally produced by a tree that was once grown only inChina. Lacquer is prepared from the sap of this tree. It is harvested and purified and dyes are added to it to give it the desired tint and shade.


Art forms such as Japanese bunraku puppet theatre have long been admired in the west. Materials such as lacquer, which have been used in Chinese art for centuries, have also found numerous applications in the west.


Lacquer was used in ancient Chinese art to create water-resistant trays and bowls. The technique of applying lacquer later spread toChina’s neighbors.

Chinese Jade Forms: Bi Disks

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InChina, jade is believed to have special properties. For centuries, green jade has been associated with rainwater, and plants, including crops such as corn.


Among its many art forms and art products,Chinais famous for its jade, just asJapanis famous for ikebana vases and the art of ikebana.


The bi disk is one of the oldest jade forms. The bi jade form is round and flat, and has a hole in the center. Some bi jade forms have carving son them for decoration, while others are simple and have no adorning sculptures. Dragons are one of the popular sculptures found on bi disks.

Kitagawa Utamaro: Japanese Artist

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Kitagawa Utamaro was a famous Japanese woodcut artist whose work tended to focus on women. Utamaro was an 18th century artist.


His work featured slightly stylized images of women. Utamaro did not use color to show light or darkness in his work. He used stylized lines of varying thicknesses to tell a story.


One of Utamaro’s well known works is Hairdressing, which shows a Japanese woman having her hair styled. Appearance and personal grooming were important parts of Japanese samurai culture.

Basket Weaving: Not Always About Perfection

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Basket weaving is considered an art in many cultures. The baskets produced by the artists usually have a special meaning.


Weaving is an important part of South African culture and Mexican culture and Japanese culture. Japanese bamboo baskets are used in ikebana designs, which are sometimes based on the principle of informal balance.


Sometimes an imperfection is introduced into the basket during the process of weaving. This imperfection is placed there by the artist. The Pomo Indians, for example, believe that the imperfection acts as a spirit door, which lets good spirits into the basket and allows bad spirits to leave.

Japanese Vessels: Beauty with Function

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Japanese vessels are used in many aspects of Japanese life. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are used in ikebana designs, the Japanese tea ceremony and for many other purposes.

All ikebana designs use the container as an integral part of the design. Some, such as full moon ikebana containers, have a distinct meaning.

Tea bowls used in the Japanese tea ceremony are an integral part of the ceremony. They are nice to look at, and additionally the tea bowls are important to the ceremony because they help the viewer to focus on themes such as simplicity and tranquility.

August 12, 2011

Colleges and Universities Offering a Postgraduate Art therapy degree

An art therapy degree at any one of these colleges or universities will provide you with the training and qualifications you need to build a career helping people through the use of art. If you have a desire to help children and adults to heal emotionally, or psychologically, pursuing a career in expressive therapies may be perfect for you.

An art therapy degree is offered at the following Universities and Colleges:

Pacifica Graduate Institute

Southwestern College, New Mexico

Naropa University

Hofstra University

Adler School of  Professional Psychology

Notre Dame de Namur University

Pratt Institute

July 30, 2011

Stupas and the Remains of the Buddha

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The Buddha is an important figure in Indian culture, and Buddhism is often regarded as one ofIndia’s greatest exports.


The teachings of the Buddha on moral and ethical behavior and the way to achieve enlightenment have aroused interest among different groups in many parts of the world. Images of the Buddha are prevalent in Indian art and Japanese art.

When the Buddha died, he was cremated and his ashes were placed in mounds known as stupas. Originally, there were only eight stupas, however later on, one ofIndia’s kings decided that the Buhha’s ashes should be distributed in other parts of the country. That king was Ashoka.


Buddhist pilgrims often visit the stupas in order to be near the energy that they believe is emanated from them.

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