Arts and Design Studies
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Open Access journal
ISSN (Print) 2224-6061 - ISSN (Online) 2225-059X
Published by IISTE [30 journals]
- The Craze of Fashion among Female students of Ghanaian Tertiary
Institutions: Implication for Teaching and Learning
Authors: Josephine Sarpong Nyantakyi; Joseph Adu-Agyem
Abstract: The essence of tertiary education is to groom the youth to take up middle level and managerial status in the world of work. These breeds of intellectuals are expected to demonstrate impeccable character, unsullied reputation and at best act as copybook for the younger generation. However, In recent times, the youth in Ghana, especially the females counterpart in tertiary institutions, have developed an awful taste for foreign fashion trends which have been described by some as inimical and amoral to the values and ethics of the society. A survey indicates that morality on our tertiary campuses has gotten to it breaking limits with regards to clothing. The adults have termed it as “indecent dressing. The female students, our future academicians, who ought to know better are regrettably and constantly championing and propagating this trend of fashion which they term as “wicked”. This has a lot of detrimental implications on the teaching and learning in the universities and other tertiary institutions. This trend in fashion has been affecting both lecturers and students, especially the male students hence the need for this paper. It examines the various definitions of fashion, takes a look at the current trends of fashion and analyse critically their implications on academic work - teaching and learning especially - and give suggestions as to how they could either be curbed or rectified. The study mainly based on observations, interviews and questionnaire revealed that female students who are younger, mostly between the ages of 17 and 25 patronize this kind of fashion. Also their “indecent dressings” have some ruinous effects on teaching and learning in tertiary institutions in Ghana. The study concludes that while the young females want to free themselves from the ‘rigid and fading’ indigenous code of ethics in dressing, they should note that being fashionable does not imply being disrespectful to socio-cultural norms and values of the society that encourages the girl-child go to school. Keywords: Fashion craze, teaching and learning, culture, dressing to kill, style-line
- Art for Life: Jakarta Urban Community Efforts Peace with Mental Disorders
through Art (Case Study in Indonesian Schizophrenia Community Care)
Authors: Caecilia Tridjata S; Yasraf A. Piliang, Ira Adrati, Monty P. Satiadarma
Abstract: This paper describes concerning the efforts of Jakarta urban community to peace with mental disorders caused by many factors, one of which is the hard life in Jakarta demanding society able to adapt the rapid changes. The impact of rapid changes in the community mental health can be seen in the presence of: school dropping out, fighting between students, or fighting between ethnic village, the violence on woman and children, crime, psychosomatic disorder, acute anxiety, depression and other mental health problems. Indonesian Schizophrenia Community Care (KPSI) tries to peace with mental illness disorder through art therapy. Various activities are explored to determine the response on persons with schizophrenia to therapy sessions and its psychological impacts. Art therapy here is not intended to replace medical treatment and does not offer instant recovery, but rather act as a supportiing therapy of pharmacotherapy. Some of the activities that have been implemented include: drawing, painting, creating murals, painting batik and making collages. These activities are carried out by a group thematic format with a semi-structural approach. With the gradual flexible implementation strategy, therapy sessions show the contribution to the development of more well developed self-esteem, self-confidence, fluency to respond stimulus, imagination and problem-solving abilities, being able to interact and socialize with others in a positive way, as well as their fine motoric develop more skilled. Development themes that is explored has more orientation to provide comfortable, enjoyable sensory and aesthetic experience and satisfy personal to build confidence and openness in sharing life experiences. The art works they create and exhibitions held by KPSI is an effort to reduce negative stigma attached to them. The progress report of the development of individual and group potential in writing give special attention to personal and interpersonal abilities related art work activities. Data for the report was obtained through observation participation, in-depth interviews, the study on documents related to art therapy session held from February to May 2013. The report results constitutes a feed-back concerning strengths and weaknesses of persons with schizophrenia and also serves as an evaluation instrument for the implementation of art therapy sessions that have been taking place. Efforts to peace with mental illness through art therapy program is a real contribution form of the art to the Jakarta urban life. Keywords: Art, urban society, Jakarta, peace, mental disorder.
- Design and Designers of Nigerian Postage Stamp
Authors: Hilda Toritsereju WOODS; Segun Oladapo ABIODUN, Toyin Emmanuel AKINDE
Abstract: Conceptually, codified signs and symbols are the two most apparent forerunners of postage stamp, divergently displayed by some of the world’s foremost civilizations. Many of whom are contributors to the world artistic tradition; among them are Egypt, Persia, Greek, Rome, Ifè and Old Òyó of Southwestern Nigeria. Necessity however, led the British government to officially launched postage stamp; a small piece of paper with adhesive cum design surface in the year 1840; a development that brought among other thing standard in generation and distribution of mails globally. An experience Lagos, Nigeria has been enjoying since 1874 being a colony of Britain. 1914 however, was significant in the history of Nigeria because her amalgamation was commemorated with an official postage stamp. It is however regrettable that after a century of indigenous operation, she is yet to meet global practices where practitioners are recognized among others. This paper examines the emergence, designs, productions, themes and designers of postage stamp in Nigeria. Keywords: philatelic, post office, postage stamp, postage stamp design, postage stamp designers
- Green Architecture with an Example in Amman – Jordan
Authors: Malek Al Mumani; Bassam Abu Awwad, Omar Al Omary
Abstract: This Article Is about The principles of green architecture Adaptation to climate, such as Energy Conservation, Respect for the site, Respect for dealers and users, the inclusive design, and Global and Local examples of Green Architecture, with mention some recommendation about scarcity of rainwater and exploitation each of solar energy and wind power. Keywords: sustainable building; environmental management; resource conservation; cost efficiency; human adaptation.
- CHROMOBIOTICS: The Silent Neglect of a Salient Need
Authors: Emmanuel Antwi; Abraham E. Asmah, Martin Adi-Dako
Abstract: Colour has been one of the multi-faceted means of human development interwoven in the social structure and institutions which practically, psychologically and physiologically reveal the beauty and benefits of nature. This paper focuses on the subject of colour with particular emphasis on its often nuanced involvement in human well-being as regards health, and the vital edification of social life. It looks at the roles colour play in the life of humanity, dwelling on its functionalities. The study combines historical and discourse analysis methods based upon the qualitative research approach. How does colour draw on human inbuilt capacities to rejuvenate and restore the entire system to enliven and delight the senses? This inquiry is to incline human-kind to identify more with colour and be responsible and respectful in its application, to appreciate the intrinsic importance of the power of colour to life and to understand its contingent potential for maximum employment. The study provides exciting opportunity and inspiration to advance the reader’s knowledge and experience of colour in an overarching manner. Keywords: hue, chromatics, physio-psychological, colour sensibilities, holistic, chromo-therapy.
- Folktale as Artistic Representation of History: A Study of Selected Igbo
Authors: Nneka Ibeli
Abstract: Every society’s growth depends largely on the literacy of the people living within the environment. With the technological advancement, our society solemnly depends on the innovations of the next generation for social and economic advancement. To advance the contemporary society, there is need to look into the past as a mirror and use it to evaluate the present and predict the future, especially in current need to rebrand the present society. Folktales are powerful tools used in the idyllic Igbo communities to come to terms with the culture and philosophy of the people. It is also used to foster the classroom learning of children thereby inspiring them individually. The objective of this paper is to explore the moral lessons imbedded in the folktales selected from many Igbo societies and x-ray how they can contribute to the process of learning and growth of children.