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Mural Arts / Mural Painting

Kathakali Mural Painting
A mural is any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall, canvas, ceiling or any huge stable permanent surface. Layers and coats of painting provide different shades, effects and illusions of depth. Patches of light colors are used to highlight the expressions for each characters. A particularly distinguishing characteristic of mural painting is that the architectural elements of the given space is harmoniously incorporated into the picture. Mural art mainly represents the pictures of god and goddess. Painting murals is fundamentally associated to be a part of Indian traditions as a classic form of art. Mural art of Kerala is greatly recognized as antique Indian religious artwork. In Kerala, Mural painting is done on walls of temples and churches. WIFD teaches students to apply this work on canvas, cards, sheets, pots, dress materials like sarees, shirts, kurtas, dupattas etc. Pot painting is done by using different paints like enamel, fabric, acrylic etc and there are many methods of doing it ie sprinkle, spray, dipping, ceramic etc. Works on pot is done using ceramic and chalk.

Colors used for Mural Art

Mural paintings are performed with 5 basic colors only. Natural materials like terracotta, chalk, red ochre and yellow ochre are mainly used for mural art. In few paintings volcanic rocks and lamp black are also applied.

Types of Mural Paintings

Mural are mainly catagorized into 3 types...
  • Ajanta Mural
    The paintings carved on solid substances like rocks or caves and statues of gods, animals, deities are known as Ajanta Mural. These types of art mainly focus on the life of Buddhas and Jatakas.
  • Natural Mural
    Natural mural are painting with naturally obtained substances like coloured stones, rocks, turmeric, leaves like Indigofera tinctoria (Neela amari).
  • Mural
    The latest trends of mural are on dress materials like sarees, shirts, churidars etc... These include
    • Photography Murals
    • Painted Scenery or Image Murals
    • Abstract Murals
Hanuman Mural Painting
Ganapathy Mural Painting Natural Mural Painting
Watch Mural Painting with Fabric Paints

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