The Art of Banksy

Banksy is an English Graffiti Artist, yet pseudo-anonymous. He is a native of Yate, near Bristol. He was born and brought up in Bristol, England in 1974. In the beginning he started as a freehand artist of graffiti. As a beginner, he always used stencils. His first work that attracted attention of many artists from Ohio and the UK was “Walls on Fire. ” By 2000, he decided to work with stencils because this art was less time consuming than others were.

Banksy’s identity will forever be unknown to the world. But his work is very prolific, witty, and subversive. This makes it not so easy to forget his paintings. This graffiti artist decorates walls, zoos, and bridges of cities and towns across the world. His art works portray political, ethical, and cultural aspects of the society, often reflecting irony. His vandalism began in Paris in 1981, where he combined graffiti writing with exceptional stenciling technique like that of Blek le Rat.

Banksy’s stenciled graffiti’s have humorous and attractive images, and sometimes with slogans as well. He always conveys a message through his images. They are usually pro-freedom, anti-war, anti-establishment or ant-capitalist related. The subjects of his graffiti are often rats, monkeys, elderly, children, police officers, and soldiers. He also designs stickers and makes sculptors. He was also responsible for Blur’s 2003’s album ‘Think Tank’s’ cover art.

Banksy’s work have also been exhibited and bought by celebrities like Christina Aguilera. He has stenciled Mona Lisa in green with paint that dripped from her eyes. This mater piece was sold for 57, 600 pounds. In the year 2007, Banksy made a new record by selling his work, ‘Space girl and bird’ for 288, 000 pounds.

Besides these, there are many other art pieces that are high profile and classic art pieces of Banksy.

o At London Zoo, he painted, ‘We are bored of fish’ in a penguin enclosure, which had a height of seven foot.

o At Bristol zoo Banksy wrote, ‘I want out. This place is too cold. Keeper smells. Boring. Boring. Boring’ for the elephants.

o Banksy’s nine paintings on the Israeli West Bank barrier were exceptionally different.

Some of Banksy’s images rose controversies also.

o Banksy’s painting of Mona Lisa with a smiling face in yellow, was hung by Banksy in at Louvre in Paris.

o Diane Shakespeare and Peter Gibson of Keep Britain Tidy said that Banksy’s street paintings were nothing but vandalism.

o Banksy’s portable toilets made of plastic that resembled Glastonbury Festival’s Stonehenge rose controversy.

Although Banksy’s paintings and images have arose controversies, art books of his images have been published. ‘Banging your head against a brick wall’, ‘Existencilism’, ‘Cut it out’ and ‘wall and piece’ are few books that display his paintings. Every day you take a narrow lane with nothing but walls. But one fine day if you notice an image of a nude man hanging from a window, you ought to notice that. This has bought fame and money to Banksy. Who does not want that? Yet, he is anonymous.

Why is the Black Border Around a Projector Screen So Important?

If you are purchasing or build a projector screen you should understand that an important element of any projector screen is a black border surrounding the screen. While it may seem like such a small thing this can have a dramatic effect on the quality of an image. Especially if you are projecting a high-definition image as most newer high definition projectors can provide a high level of brightness.

What material should the border be made from?

The first thing to look for with a black border is that it is made from fabric surrounding the screen, typically made from velvet, especially if you are creating the screen yourself. Some borders are made from metal, which tends to be thin, and can reflect light so you end up not receiving the image enhancement effects of a quality border. There are also some special fabric tapes which can be purchased for use with painted screens. If you are looking for the best possible picture be sure to look for black fabric on all borders, certainly if you are painting a projector screen you do not want to simply paint on a border, unless it is especially made for that purpose or things may end up looking worse than do without a border at all.

How does a black border enhance the image?

One of the things that a black border does is increase the brightness of an image. This occurs because the difference in brightness between the image and the border causes the brain to perceive the image as brighter. This is a very noticeable effect. Something you need to understand is that while this may only be a perceived improvement as someone who has created a projector screen I can tell you that the image projected without a border can look considerably more washed out. This really is not suitable in any sort of home theater.

Another thing that a black border does is absorb excess light on the edge of an image. This makes the overall image seen more even, and can compensate for slightly imperfect projector settings. The edge of a projector image can be very noticeable, and the way light is absorbed on the edge of an image can really help with the overall immersion in your home theater. Having a dark edge absorb this light improves immersion by making the edge less noticeable, this is another reason why you want to use fabric such as velvet for the border.

Comics in the Classroom

When I think back in my days in school as my friends and I hid our comics in our desks or lockers so the teachers would not confiscate them or we would get a lecture of how comics would rot our brains

“These books have zero educational value!”

But I can tell you that comics actually enhanced my learning in such subjects as: English and Grammar, Teachers always thought that their were a lot of slang words and a lot of misspelling, however comics were and still are proof read and checked for misspellings, grammar and punctuation. Also while there is some slang words, this could be a good topic to bring up since comics can reflect the language of the time.

Comic Books peeked my interest in reading, and they also helped me in the subject of English,

It was through comics I discovered such words as “Adamantium”, a word I not only learned how to spell but also peeked my curiousity, thus I did my research and while it turned out that Adamantiumwas ficticous element, I did learn that the root word “Adamant.”

Definition is: Unbreakable, or Adamantine combined with the neo-Latin suffix “ium” resembles the naming form of many chemical elements.

This was part of the fun of reading comics for me as a kid, to find a new word and then research to see if there was actually a real meaning behind the word, by doing this process, it increased my vocabulary and also aided me in learning how to research information.

This is just one example of how comics added to my education, and after many years it seems that teachers, and schools, and even libraries are beginning to see the benefits of using comics and graphic novels as an additional teaching tool.

The majority of the grades that are using comics in the classroom are 5th-12th, this shows that the age range covers a wide area of interest.

Grades And Subjects

Teachers from all grade levels and subjects are using comics in their classrooms, the grade range is from Elementary 4th-5th, then through Junior High to High School

Comics can be applied to many subjects such as: English, Foreign Language, Science, and even in Spanish and ESL classes, and can be used to coincide with lesson plans that can be created by the teacher or they can be provided by websites, or teachers can even get advice from comic book dealers or retailers.

Comics span many genres so it makes it easy to find a comic book or graphic novel, below there are a few subjects that can match up with comics:

  • 5th-6th Grade English And Literature – Classic Illustrated (Many publishers have printed these titles 1990 Series Recommended) and a newer series called Marvel Illustrated are a ideal for these grades and age groups, these titles can be used to enhance the story or novel that the student is reading, the issues can also bring the material more to life, also the issues can help those students that may be struggling in reading or comprehension by matching the words with illustrations.
  • 7th-12th Grade English And Literature- The Classic Illustrated titles are still good, however in many classes of this grade group, many teachers are using a series of Marvel titles “Ultimate” line, these titles include: Ultimate Spider-Man, Ultimate X-Men, and Ultimate Fantastic Four.

These issues have been well received in both classrooms and libraries, with the most popular being Ultimate Spider-Man, the title covers Peter Parker’s early days in a more modern landscape than the mainstream books, teachers are sing these titles to discuss not only story lines but also have discussions concerning the characters and the choices that were made through the comic.

The Ultimate titles have been made into paperbacks and they include a combination of issues into one book, students seem to like this format.

The junior high level enjoys these books as well but some of it may be too intense for this grade, it all depends on what the teacher is comfortable with.

  • Science – While there are not any comics or graphic novels that can be used in the same context as English and Literature, some comic book titles can but there are a few titles that can be utilized in the discussion of science.

The comics that I feel can enhance this subject, are books centering around the Fantastic Four, discussions can be brought up regarding the powers of the Fantastic Four, such a the Invisible Woman who uses the ability to bend light to make herself invisible, or a discussion concerning the Human Torch, discussing the properties and capabilities of fire and combustion.

In addition space exploration can be used through the travels of the Fantastic Four, while some of the planets they do visit are fictitious the environments of the plants can be brought up in some discussions.

The best recommendations are the regular Fantastic Four titles and the Ultimate Fantastic Four titles, both titles appeal to the 5th-12th grade levels.

  • Geography and Social Studies – Heroes and villains come from around the globe, from Union Jack (United Kingdom) Wolverine (Canada) Colossus (Russia) teachers can discuss and point out where a students favorite hero lives.

Teachers can use examples of where heroes live and also compare where they live to where the students live, teachers can also show students mythical locations using comic characters such as Namor The Sub-Mariner (Atlantis).

  • Foreign Language – Foreign Language Teachers can find comics from around the world, many of the comic book publishers like DC Comics and Marvel Comics also print their comics for overseas readership

Comics from different countries can be found online, comic book stores, book stores, and some teaching catalogs, the two that come to mind are:

  • Astix – A comic that follows a group of vikings on their misadventures. (French and Italian) I would recommend this book for junior high and high School readers.
  • Tin-Tin – This character is as well known as Mickey Mouse in Europe and around the world and is printed in many languages from around the word. (French, German, Italian) This book is for younger reders but Junior High students also like this book.
  • Smurfs – These Belgium character started out in comic strips but they have also appeared in comic books and graphic novels.
  • Spanish and ESL – Many publishers like Marvel and DC have begun publishing some issues in Spanish, in recent years publishers have seen the need and they have begun publishing a few titles in both Spanish and English.

Major publishers, like DC Comics and Marvel Comics in 2008 published one shot issues that were in both Spanish and English, the publishers could print more issues like this in the future.

Marvel Comics Fantastic Four Isla de la Muerte – This issue features the Fantastic Four going to a island, while there they visit a rain forest, while there they encounter a mythical creature and try to save it and the rain forest, this issue was published in English and Spanish. Junior High and High School students would be more suited for this title.

Many of the Ultimate titles (Ultimate Spider-Man) come in paperback, and are printed in Spanish, while these issues may be for more advanced students, these books can also be used to get students more involved in learning the language or help ESL students.

DC Comics Blue Beetle 26 – Jamie Reyes a Hispanic teen ager, recently became the new Blue Beetle, this character had history becoming one of the few Hispanic teen agers in comics, teen agers enjoy this character since he deals with issues both as a teen and hero. In 2008 Blue Beetle 14 was published in both Spanish and in English. This issue would also be suitable for Junior High and High School students

Owly – Owly is a lonesome but adventurous owl who does not speak, ESL teachers use this comic by allow students to fill in the blank word balloons, this helps the student to not only use language but also express themselves. These books are mainly for elementary students but can be used for any ESL level grade since it can be used for the basics.


Comics can be expensive, and teachers are on a budget, here are a few tips when buying comics for your class.

  • Paperbacks – if you are going to be buying comics for a classroom, I recommend that teachers buy the trade paperbacks since they contain multiple stories, more durable, and more economical in the long term, since buying each individual comic can cost more due to wear and tear.
  • Class Sets – When buying talk to the retailer about class sets, if the retailer is unaware of the term explain it to them, comic book retailers will be more than happy to assist you.
  • Discounts – When shopping for Comics, Graphic Novels, or Paperbacks always ask dealers about discounts, and don’t be afraid to haggle.

These are just a few ways that comics can be used to enhance a classroom, by no means should comics replace novels, or classics but they can enhance the learning experience, that can create a fun but educational environment for both students and teachers.

Examples of Recreational Activities – Fun Things to Do

Recreation is anything that is stimulating and rejuvenating for an individual. Some people enjoy nature hikes; others enjoy skiing (or both). The idea behind these activities is to expand the mind and body in a positive, healthy way.

Some solitary examples of recreational activities include reading a book, or taking a trip to the library. Why not explore a genre outside ones you are already fond of, love romances? Take a trip down the mystery genre aisle. Video games are a solitary recreational activity and these days there are not just “shoot em up” games out there but educational ones as well. Flying a kite, fishing, singing and practicing Yoga are all examples, too.

The best reason to take part in these activities is to slow the aging process in that they will help lessen or eliminate stress. Happiness, contentment, fulfillment comes from the feeling that your life is in balance, and when we work too hard with not enough down time, our minds and bodies suffer.

Other, more group-oriented examples of recreational activities include sports of all kinds – football, hockey, basketball, baseball or if those are too physical for you try golf or swimming. Partying is a recreational activity, and one that (usually) makes us happy and gives us a feeling of social connection. That social connection is intrinsic to the well-being of our souls as one of the basic needs of people, in general, is to be accepted.

Shopping is another example, and when done with friends, feeds the soul on two levels, the social connection and the need for people to gather things – (especially women gathering shoes!). There is a “buyer’s high” that occurs when we purchase something we are deeply proud to attain.

Visiting an amusement park with family and friends is a great way to get the heart pumping and the adrenalin racing. A day of fresh air and sun, with family and friends is a supreme recreational activity.

Other activities include:

-Participating in Martial Arts

-Surfing the Web

-Watching Movies

Examples of recreational activities in an organized fashion take place in nearly every institution we come across. Senior citizens in nursing homes take part in classes to help keep them healthy and alert like bingo, craft projects, and water aerobics.

After school activities for children like pick-up basketball, chess tournaments, and band practice are useful recreational activities.

Even inmates in prison are offered recreational activities to occupy their time. Academic classes, music, hobbies, use on exercise equipment are all examples.

It is even possible to earn a degree in Recreation. A Bachelor of Arts degree is obtainable to become a Recreation Specialist. This is the person that decides the proper recreational activities that will be enjoyed by a particular subset of the population; i.e., inmates, senior citizens, the community as a whole. People with this degree generally work in community recreation centers as well as parks and on community projects.

Participating in any of these examples of recreational activities will not only enhance the quality of your life, but of your friends’ and family’s as well because if you are happier and more content, it can’t help but to rub off on them, destressing many people’s lives in the process.

Look for These Important Aspects in Your Synastry Compatibility

These are the aspects to look for when comparing charts

for a couple’s astrological compatibility.

Let’s look first at the harmonious aspects you would like to have between these planets.

These aspects are the Trine, Sextile, and sometimes the Conjunct.

* Sun and Moon (represents man/woman)

* Sun and Sun (natural affinity)

* Sun and Chiron (trustworthy)

* Moon and Moon (Emotionally attuned)

* Moon and Ascendant or Descendant (a soul kinship)

* Moon and Mars (Adds some heat – conjunction can be too combative)

* Venusand Mars (sexual, affectionate

* Venus and Moon (warm caring feelings)

* Venus and Mercury (conversations are

more agreeable)

* Venus and Jupiter (Fun, Fun, Fun, Plus

good money aspect )

* Venus and Sun (Love and appreciation of that person)

* Venus and Ascendant/Descendant (Attracted to the physicality of the person)

* Venus and Chiron (Very positive for


* Venus and Saturn (long term


* Venus and Uranus (exciting,


* Venus and Neptune (dreamy


* Venus and Pluto (intense love


* Mars and Ascendant/Descendant

* Mars and Jupiter (Adds a lot of energy in

whatever you choose to pursue)

* Mars and Chiron (Fertile aspect !)

* Jupiter and Chiron (fortunate and blessed


* Jupiter and Sun (Rose colored glasses –


* Jupiter and Mercury (common spiritual


* Jupiter and Ascendant (beneficial )

* Saturn and Moon (stability,


* Saturn and Ascendant (adds stability and security)

* Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and any point in the chart is fine.

The most important harmonious aspects to look for in a long term relationship and synastry compatibility are the Sun and Moon aspects, Venus to Mars/Sun/Ascendant, and Chiron to Venus/Sun/Moon/ Jupiter, and Neptune. So look for these first.

Now the reason some of the conjunct aspects are good “sometimes” is because it depends on the individual. With Saturn, it delays, teaches and restricts – but it can also be a source of dependability and stability. If you are someone who needs a lot of freedom in your relationship and doesn’t like to be depended on too much, this aspect can feel too restrictive. On the other hand if you are looking for a companion who can be bring much needed stability to your emotions (moon), self expression (sun), or

to a relationship (Ascendant/descendant) you might prefer this aspect.

Neptune on the other hand can be quite dreamy – to a fault. Disillusionment and victimhood could be brought out in a relationship with this aspect (not to mention substance abuse). With Uranus, a conjunction could indicate many separations (say your partner was a pilot or traveled a lot on business this wouldn’t be so bad) however, if you were someone who preferred a 9 to 5 partner, this could cause many problems. And then there’s Pluto well, intensity is good for some things and not always good for others…..

Next we’ll look at the aspects in synastry compatibility to LOOK OUT FOR ! YIKES

Look for squares, oppositions, and sometimes the conjunct between you and your partner’s planets, especially between the outer planets (saturn, neptune, uranus, and pluto) to your personal planets (sun, moon, mercury, venus, mars). The missing planet, Jupiter, is a mixed bag. At a square or opposite aspect it more or less adds arrogance, exaggeration, laziness, and overdoing. Nothing too bad, but could add an annoying element to the mix.

The most challenging (to say the least) aspects to look for are from Saturn to Venus, Moon, and Chiron. It is called the “heartbreak aspect” in some astrology books. So look out for these ! The next most difficult are from Uranus because of the reversal or separation effect. Pluto to your personal planets can be bring you manipulation/possessiveness/jealousy/over-controlling. And Neptune again, can lead you down the road to dissolution and disillusions.

So as you can see squares and oppositions mostly denote a problem area in a relationship. However, it can also have a stimulating affect as well. You must look to your synastry combinations to see how your squares and oppositions are working in your relationships.

Next look at the midpoint between the Sun and Moon. Take your sun/moon midpoint and check to see if the other person’s Sun or Moon makes a Hard aspect to it, such as; conjunct, square, opposition, sesquiquadrate, semi-square within 8 degrees. Then check his/hers to yours. Combine the two midpoints, to get your combined midpoint, and check both sets of moons/suns to this point. This adds energy to the union to make it “official” so to speak – Not that it always ends in marriage, but there is rarely a couple out there that doesn’t have some connection here. You can even check the

progressed charts. Progressed sun by forward or converse progression can make this aspect too, especially when the couple meets or when they become more committed.

Now, in assessing your synastry, if you were looking for “Mr. Right, or Ms. Right” and it’s important to have sparks in your relationship look for harmonious aspects involving venus with mars, pluto, and uranus and Mars to jupiter, and ascendant. If you are looking for a good companion and the sparks are not so important look for venus and moon, venus, saturn, sun, and ascendant. If you want a relationship that isn’t too predictable look for harmonious aspects with uranus. If, however, you love stability, longevity and security look to harmonious aspects with saturn.

Now remember, even the most romantic couples, even the couples’ whose marriages have become golden, and even cinderella and prince charming, had some challenging aspects in their synastry compatibility. However, it makes for a more enjoyable relationship the more harmonious aspects you have. And you have to decide what’s important to you in a relationship, what you can overcome, and what you can put up with !

How Do You Know the Age of a Stone Arrowhead?

When you find an arrowhead, or someone shows you an arrowhead, how can you tell how old it is?

A lot of the answer for how old an arrowhead is depends upon the type of stone the point in question is made from. Old flint tends to get coarser and turn lighter colors, towards white even, if it is exposed to sunlight and air and rain and freezing over time. However, if it is buried, sometimes there is very little apparent aging, unless the soil itself is chemically acting on the surface of the flint. I have found buried points and blades, which, after I washed them, were almost as smooth and unchanged as new materials. So, you then look for deposits of minerals from the buried condition. Also, if flint has been exposed to the atmosphere, often the exposed side of a flint point is quite discolored relative to the unexposed side. This is a good indication of age.

If the point is obsidian, especially in a desert area, and it has been exposed on the surface of the ground, the exposed side many times is somewhat polished by wind and blowing dust or sand. The underside is more original in feel, or it is often coated with chemical deposits from the soil. In addition, in desert or normal weather pattern areas, obsidian is affected by rain and other moisture over time, and gets what is called a “hydration rind” on the outer surface. This tends to dull the originally shiny, slick appearance of the flaked stone. It makes an outer layer of changed material, due to the absorption of minute amounts of water, that is thicker depending on the length of time of the exposure to the elements. Archaeologists have even taken to calibrating the age of obsidian points or tools based on the thickness of the hydration rind in a known area. This is done by comparing a sequence of rind measurements to ages determined by other accepted dating methods, C14, tree rings, etc., to set up a scale to get a rough age for a piece based on the thickness of the rind. The rind thickness can be observed by cutting a slice through an expendable obsidian tool.

Yet additional indicators of possible age are the style, size and source location of a point. Many styles of points were unique to certain time periods, which enables the observer to position the point in a time sequence. Also, many specific styles were used in specific regions, which also helps to identify the cultural identity of a particular piece. And, the material from which a particular regional style of point is made is generally known, at least to experienced collectors. So, when a point made of an abnormal, atypical material for a particular style is exhibited, the likelihood of modern production increases.

These concepts are just the beginning of the discussion of determining the age of an arrowhead.

Artifact authenticators also examine the edges of the points under high magnification to observe natural aging and “use wear” patterns vs. chemical aging or mechanical wear and tear with metal or other modern materials.

Mixed, confused or varying chipping and flaking styles indicate possible reworking of a point, either in ancient times to refurbish the edge or tip of the point for re-use, or in modern times to reshape it into an apparently complete tool.

Additional analytical methods come into play after an examination of the consistency and style of flaking patterns on a point or tool.

Authenticators can observe knapped stone surfaces under special light to see the potential difference in the age of the visible surfaces. Old surfaces and new surfaces react differently to certain kinds of light, and are visibly different to the eye under that special light. This difference between old and new stone surfaces also enables the detection of potentially modern rechipping of old points to reshape them.

This information can help collectors to make sure of what they are purchasing or acquiring by trade. And it will help identify the native culture and time period of the pieces which they find, in the field or through the various connections which are available, such as the internet and regional artifact shows.

Portable Basketball Hoop Benefits Vs Other Basketball Systems

Unlike the wall-mount, or in-ground basketball systems, a portable basketball hoop is a really convenient buy for a number of reasons. To start with, it is a complete system to begin playing the game, and they can be upgraded with other features like a breakaway rim for those who like to slam-dunk. But the biggest advantage is that they are a portable basketball system.

You can play them anywhere. No need for concrete to install, no digging a hole for the pole to begin, and once assembled, they can be moved anywhere. Another advantage of portability is that they can be used in any neighborhood that has restrictions on in-ground basketball systems.

Depending on where you live, you will likely need to get a building permit in order to install a wall-mount or in-ground basketball system. With a portable basketball system, you obviously avoid these issues altogether. Just simply set your goal where you want it, weigh down the base and play: easy as pie.

When you do need to fill the base with a weight, sand or water are obvious choices. Some simply use an external weight system, such as sand bags or actual weights from a home gym system. No matter what, it sure is easier than digging a hole or drilling into your house to mount a backboard which you can no longer adjust in the wall-mount models.

Another benefit to having a portable basketball hoop set up is that you can take the game with you if you move to another home. This is great for those who want to upgrade or who have an occupation which requires frequent residential moves, like the military. Having a portable hoop is the best choice for most situations.

One question that gets asked by many is, “Can we slam-dunk on a portable system?” On many cheaper models, this is not possible since the 10-gallon size for an economy basketball hoop is simply not enough counterweight for the slam dunk. However, with better quality models out there, this is a possibility for sure.

You can always upgrade most basketball hoops by getting a “breakaway rim” to enable slam-dunking. Just be sure the manufacturer allows for such upgrades, and that the portable basketball hoop is properly stabilized with sufficient weight first.

Many decide to opt for an adjustable basketball hoop to increase or decrease the height with a simple adjustment. This is perfect for those who have kids or who want to practice at lower heights and increase the challenge as time goes on.

Just like there are a number of basketball systems to consider, there are also a number of height adjustment mechanisms to consider. Many have a screw-jack mechanism, this is the most common and is usually cheaper to buy. The best and most expensive is the hydraulic models, the most convenient and easiest to use.

Lastly, make sure to consider the warranty and brand recognition. If the brand has been around for a while, there should be sufficient reviews to go over before deciding on one portable basketball hoop or another.

The Purpose of Art – Prints Vs Originals

Have you ever wondered what the purpose of art is? What has prompted individuals throughout history to deliberately arrange elements in a way that appeals to the senses or emotions? Unsurprisingly, there is no single one answer to these questions.

The various reasons for the creation of art can be classified into non-motivated and motivated reasons. Non-motivated purposes of art can be described as those that go beyond the individual. The belief here is that art is essential to being human, as art is creativity, and creativity is something humans yearn for by nature. These purposes include: the basic human instinct for harmony, experience of the mysterious, expression of the imagination and universal communication. Motivated purposes of art suggest that art is an intentional and conscious activity performed by the artist or creator. The motivation of the artist can come through the desire for political change, to express an opinion on a specific facet of society, to put across a particular emotion or mood, for commercial intentions, or merely as a manner of communication.

The roles of art throughout history mentioned above are not necessarily mutually exclusive. One of the fundamental issues facing post-modern art (after the 1970s) is that the world is becoming increasingly rational, practical, and market-driven. The consequence of this is that the presence of symbolic art, and non-motivated art in general, is becoming more and more uncommon.

Which brings us to our next question Art Prints vs Original Art Work

When looking to buy a piece of artwork you will have to decide whether to search the art galleries for original pieces or for art prints. There are many advantages of both types of art. This article will outline the benefits of each.

In terms of original artwork the obvious advantage compared to an art print is that when you purchase an original piece of art you become the owner of something unique. No one else in the world will own a piece of artwork that is identical to yours. There is something special in looking at a piece of art and knowing that it is an original – one of a kind, and that you are the exclusive owner of it There is also a chance that an original piece of art could be a very good investment. You never know if generations down the line your art may turn out to be a very valuable family asset.

On the other hand art prints have their strong points as well. You will find that they price favorably compared to original works. There is obviously a larger selection to choose from with art prints, and they can be customized in terms of their size, framing and surface. Also, if you see an art print that you like at a friend’s house, or just out and about, you can easily get yourself a copy of it. If you are not a purist, and you do not really care about collecting art then prints are a better option than original paintings for decorating your walls. Original works take a lot of time and effort to produce – therefore they are a lot more expensive than art prints. Also, although purchasing original artwork can be a good investment for the knowledgeable buyer, it requires a lot of research and study that is beyond the casual buyer. For this reason art prints are the better option for these people.

Teachers Have a Great Role in the Upbringing of Children

School is a place where child learns and gets maximum knowledge and growth during the learning process. It is also a place where his hidden potentials are tapped. This learning process for a child starts when the parents send the child to playschool and continues until college where he receives his graduation or post graduation.

As we see it clearly that a child spends nearly 6 to 7 hours a day throughout the year (except during holidays) in school, it is obvious that teachers have a great role to play in the upbringing of children.

As a child can be easily molded in a right way like clay in a potter’s hand, it is important to understand that teachers can correct the child’s behaviour and character, whenever and wherever necessary. He can also shape up the child’s personality by being a role model in upbringing the children in school.

As children are very affectionate, innocent, adaptable and docile, it becomes mandatory for the teachers to have both professional competency and a very strong moral background as she can gradually influence and shape up each child’s personality with gentle persuasion.

As most children have a great respect for their teachers, this advantage must be properly utilized in correcting, advising and upbringing the children by leading kids during different challenging situations and circumstances encountered in classrooms.

Besides, a teacher is a second parent to each one of her students. Whether the child is too young or in his teens, a teacher must be effective in her approach by being impartial, loving and simultaneously leading through examples in all her endeavors.

As teacher has a vital role to play in a student’s life, it is correct to say they are the people who could create generations altogether. In short they are in some way the builder of our nation as they are exposed to a mass of students who are the future citizens of the country. So, it is very crucial and elementary for the teachers to lead and influence the students aptly in every walk of life no matter whether it is in a classroom or even outside the class.

Teachers should also inspire their students to build them into great personality whether they become architect, engineer, doctors, teachers, businessmen or any professions of their interest. They should also shape them to contribute to the society by being upstanding citizens of our nation.

The main role a teacher could do is to make her class very interesting by getting almost all the students involved by asking questions or while discussing a topic. The more involvement, the more the child learns. This way the learning gets easier and interesting.

Besides, even outside the class room, she needs to continue to influence and correct the children by building their character in all aspects of life.

Nevertheless, it is worth stating that the students can be successful in his life if equal support is backed up by the parent at home as well.

Setting Boundaries in Relationships

Setting personal boundaries are like identifying the gates in our invisible fence lines which protects the precious heart and soul inside our bodies. Many people look at boundaries as walls, but rather when we establish healthy boundaries it provides a way to distinguish what we choose to let in and let out. They form flexible gates, not stationary walls It is important to learn about setting healthy boundaries so we can make decisions about what is and what isn’t permissible in all relationships.

Boundaries are valuable

All relationships work more harmoniously when the participants know what to expect and what is expected of them. Being kind, but firm when stating what you need from a relationship allows the other person to reciprocate. How other people act and think often has nothing to do with you, but rather with their own perceptions. You can only take care of yourself.

It doesn’t matter how elaborate the fencing and eloquent our statements are, if we don’t honor ourselves enough to draw the line and stick to it consistently. It is just as valuable to the other person that they learn how to be with you and what the guidelines are for the relationship.

Body Language and tone of voice

Verbal communication is the language of information and only 20 % is absorbed. Body language and tone of voice is the language of relationships and 80% is remembered. Make sure you appear confident and you speak with a neutral, calm and non-accusing tone when establishing your boundaries. Use “I” statements which reflect on how things affect you, rather than “you” statements which put people on the defensive.

4 Step model for setting boundaries

1. Calmly inform the other person by stating, “I feel uncomfortable and want to shut down when you yell at me.”

2. Request that they honor your boundary. “I ask that you talk to me without yelling.” Or ..For me to listen and hear what you are saying to me, I need to you speak to me in a calm voice without yelling.

3. Insist that they honor your boundary, again with a firm but kind voice, “I insist that when we are talking we talk in calm voices.”

4. Leave the situation. Now is not the time or place to continue communicating with someone who refuses to respect your boundaries. Leave the door open to talk later in a more respectful manner. Continue to maintain a calm but firm voice and say, “I will not continue this conversation in this way. I welcome an opportunity to talk with you without yelling or screaming at another time. Let me know if you decide to visit without raised voices.”

Don’t take it personally

You can not assume responsibility for other people’s feelings, agendas or methods of communication. You can only state how you desire to be treated in life. If there are old patterns, it may take some time to convince others that you are serious about sticking to your boundaries. Everyone has the right to be treated with respect and courtesy.

People you know may be surprised at first when you tell them they have crossed the line, but will respect you more in the end. Hopefully, they will model this communication style and it will make for more honest and open relationships for all.

© Judy H. Wright, Parent educator and Author