The Inheritance of Skill and Knowledge of Kamasan Painting as Part of Culture Preservation


  • Arief Hartanto Research Group for Art, Design, and Intermedia
  • Genardi Atmadiredja BRIN


kamasan painting, preservation of art, inheritance of knowledge, painting skill, cultural transmission


This research aims to find out about the methods of inheriting skills and knowledge about kamasan painting art carried out by kamasan painting maestros and higher education. This research uses a qualitative descriptive approach. Research data were taken using interview techniques, observation, documentation and from literature studies. It should be noted that kamasan painting is a classical painting art that grows and develops in Kamasan Village, Klungkung Regency - Bali. Kamasan paintings have existed since ancient times and can be found in places of worship such as temples, as well as in the Klungkung Kingdom heritage site, Kertha Gosa. Kamasan painting has now been designated as an Intangible Cultural Heritage (WBTB) in 2015 by the Indonesian Government. The maestros of kamasan painting from the previous era to the present have thought and applied the right method as a way to maintain the art of kamasan painting to ensure that there is a next generation. In addition, higher education institutions are also involved in learning skills and knowledge about kamasan painting. It is certainly to preserve the art of kamasan painting that it still exists despite the changing times. The results showed that the families of kamasan painting maestros actively provide training and share knowledge related to kamasan painting to their internal families first. Then, they also share this knowledge with the community in their neighbourhood, and finally to people outside the neighbourhood who want to learn the art of kamasan painting. Finally, in higher education, learning about kamasan painting is also provided by incorporating kamasan painting into the curriculum of higher education in Bali.