Techniques in ceramic murals

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Art educators and students in Ghana rely mostly on paper, canvas, oil paint, pastel and water colour, etc for picture making, the prices of these materials are so exhorbitent that most of the educational institutions are not able to purchase sufficient materials for meaningful academic work. This pro1m, coupled with the reluctance of school authorities to release funds to buy art materials, often results in conflicts between some headmasters and their art teachers. The problem is often compounded by the fact that moat art teachers are not versatile enough in their teaching, Then teachers therefore use thin financial and material inadequacy as an excuse to teach the areas they can conveniently handle or even not teach at all and rest on their oars, Meanwhile, they could tall on clay, wood or odds and ends which abound greatly in the Ghanaian environment to help the students enjoy their art lesson and become on conversant with those media for flee sake of variety. This project is an attempt to introduce techniques in making pictures on clay slabs for decoration, documenting intonation and as a tool for art teaching, learning and appreciation. It will especially serve as a guide for art tutors in Teacher Training Colleges in Ghana to make their teaching innovative and interesting. Solutions to problems likely to be met in tile making arid decoration have been provided in the report. It is hoped that researchers, educators and students alike will benefit from this project as we strive to make the educational reforms work. This will enable the students they turn out become resourceful, active and conversant with the use of a variety of media instead of being stuck to the use of paper, colour and brush for two dimensional art work.
A thesis submitted to the College of Art of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology,Kumasi, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Art Education(PG-DAE),1990.