Career Options in Painting


 An artist or painter is someone who is very creative and creates things which are very unique. From childhood itself, we see children taking part in many art competition but all of them do not choose painting as a profession since the artists' field is very competitive and required a lot of hard work, determination and overall perseverance to succeed. One needs immense talent for creating original, unique pieces of art to be a successful painter.

Painting is an art in which colours and lines make a visual impression. It is the means of expressing ones ideas or feelings to others in pictorial form. Painting not only means the traditional paintings on canvas, but also on glass, ceramic, pot, fabric etc. Not only brushes but knives, spatula, nibs and even twigs can be used for painting designs. There are new things like live painting which are on demand these days and it is very attractive too. 
For some individuals, painting is just a hobby but for some it's a viable and lucrative profession. One can gauge the value of painting when we see painters like MF Hussain and their art work. Their arts are being sold or auctioned at very high prices. Painting as an art form has flourished in India since prehistoric times as is evident from literary sources and also from the remnants that have been discovered. 
For becoming a successful painter, there is no formal qualification required or we can say that painting is an art that requires no qualification. But by taking a course in painting, a person can be trained and his inherent ability can be polished and developed under a trainer. There are many fine arts colleges and institutions offering undergraduate level to higher level degrees in drawing and painting. One can do bachelor, master's or diploma courses to brush up their skills.
Some of the courses include B.A. Painting, B.A. Painting, Sculpture, Applied Arts, B.F.A. Painting, Certificate course in Painting, Diploma in Painting, M.A in Drawing and Painting, M.A in Painting, Sculpture, Applied Arts, M.F.A in Painting, etc. 
In Assam, we have the Govt. College of Arts & Crafts. Some other institutes are Government Maharani Laxmi Bai Post Graduate Girls College, Indore, Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University (JNAFAU), Hyderabad, Kala Bhavan (Institute of Fine Arts), Santiniketan, Sir J.J Institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai, College of Art, Delhi, etc. 
Some of the job profiles are Arts Administrator, Art Restoration Specialist, Visiting Artist, Commercial Artist, Painter, Interior Designer, Decorator-Wall Papering, Painting Engineer, Teacher, Comic Artist, Art Director, Animation Programmer, Graphic Designer, etc. 
It is very challenging to be a successful painter as initially one need to struggle a lot. Aspirants studying in good institutes can get some breaks easily. But people who are from remote areas or do not have any formal degrees or diplomas need to struggle initially. Communication skills are also important as it helps in reaching out to others and showcases their hidden talents.  
Art or painting can become a tool for generating awareness on various social issues. One can get engaged with various campaigns through their art work and earn a good livelihood. It is important to have perseverance if someone wants to be successful in life through art works or any other paintings. 
A. AICTE Scholarships: The AICTE has announced two scholarships for differently-abled and girls students. They are as follows:
1. Pragati Scholarship Scheme for Girl Students: The Pragati is a MHRD Scheme being implemented by AICTE, aimed at providing assistance for 'Advancement of Girls pursuing Technical Education'. Education is one of the most important means of empowering women with the knowledge, skill and self-confidence necessary to participate fully in the development process. This is an attempt to give young women the opportunity to further their education and prepare them for a successful future by "Empowering Women through Technical Education". 
The Pragati Scholarship Scheme for girl students has 4000 Scholarships (2000 for Degree and 2000 for Diploma)
2. Saksham Scholarship for differently-abled Students: Saksham is a MHRD Scheme being implemented by of AICTE, aimed at providing encouragement and support to specially-abled children to pursue Technical Education. This is an attempt to give every young student, who is otherwise specially-abled, the opportunity to study further and prepare for a successful future. Saksham Scholarship for differently-abled Students has 1000 Scholarships (500 for Degree and 500 for Diploma). 
Eligibility: For Pragati Scheme: Two girl child's per family are eligible, who's family income is not more than 8 lakh per annum during the preceding financial year (in case of married girl, the income of parents/in-laws, whichever is higher will be considered). 
For Saksham Scheme: Specially-abled students, having disability of not less than 40% and family income not more than 8 lakh per annum during the preceding financial year will be considered. Details of the Scheme are available on AICTE website, and last date for submission of application is 30th November, 2017.
B. Netherlands Fellowship Programme 2017: The University of Twente invites applications from working professionals for the Netherlands Fellowship Programme for Short Courses 2017 to promote capacity building within organisations in 51 countries by providing education and training through fellowships. The fellowship is fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The NFP has 3 sub programs for individual fellowships: Master's degree programs, Short courses and PhD Studies. The objective of this fellowship is to increase the participation and contribution of female candidates in a more sustainable societal response to climate change. Last date for sending application is 24th October, 2017.
C. University Summer Courses Scholarships for Foreign Students in Germany, 2018: The DAAD is offering University Summer Courses for foreign students and graduates. The courses run for at least 18 teaching days (max. 5 days/week, excluding days of arrival and departure) with a minimum of 25 hours of teaching a week. This scholarship programme aims to help students and graduates improve their knowledge of German (general language, special language) and their cultural knowledge of the country. The DAAD supports over 100,000 German and international students' and researchers around the globe each year - making it the world's largest funding organisation of its kind. Last date is December 1, 2017.