Time may change, but the style of traditional Balinese painting remains to emit a compelling uniqueness. As evidence, in this global era 17 students from the University of Western Australia (UWA) taking International Study of the Arts wanted to explore the arts of Balinese traditional painting. While learning traditional painting, they also pried the photography techniques in Bali.
The entourage led by Prof. Paul Trinidad studied about the arts for three weeks (Jun 24-Jul 12). “In learning about this art, the UWA International Study of the Arts has cooperated with the Indonesia Institute of the Arts (ISI) Denpasar, especially the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design (FSRD),” said Rector of the ISI Denpasar, Dr. Arya Sugiharta, after opening the event.
During their stay on the Island of the Gods, the entourage of students led by Prof. Trinidad was not only participating in various activities to learn Balinese art and culture, but also visiting the art villages like Kamasan in Klungkung, Sidemen in Karangasem and the Bali Arts Festival on progress.
The Dean of the FRSD of the ISI Denpasar, Ni Made Rinu, said the Australian students were glad and very enthusiastic to join the existing practices for the umpteenth time. They held a variety of activities both on-campus and off-campus. “Aside from learning, they also practice their knowledge of the arts at hand, so that it results in acculturation,” he said.
For the activities at the ISI (FSRD) campus, the students learned a lot about the arts as well as practiced the painting, photography and many more. The work of arts was then exhibited at the local campus. Other than visiting campus, they also make a visit to the center of traditional arts at Kamasan and Sidemen village as well as the Bali Arts Festival (BAF) and others.
Prof. Paul Trinidad said the cultural exchange activities had been performed for the third time. It was carried out because the interest and enthusiasm of the students from the UWA to follow the program. “We hope that similar program can be held for two times a year,” he said. (BTN/015)
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