Study Thangka

STUDY THANGKA

 

We offer the following workshops and courses and invite you to a peaceful, meditative and spiritually elevating experience. Gift yourself this unique opportunity to immerse deep into one of our following customised training programs.

SELF-STUDY COURSES:

 https://himalayanartmuseum.myshopify.com/collections/thangka-drawings.

Buy our Drawings and get started. There are three levels- Beginner, Medium and Advance Drawings. Please Pay per drawing as mentioned in the link.

For any queries regarding the course material, feel free to email at sarikalochoe@hotmail.com 

ON LOCATION COURSES:

Study with us in the lap of the divine Himalayan mountains by emailing to us at sarikalochoe@hotmail.com and confirming your space by making a deposit. All fees details will be shared in the email. We offer the following workshops and courses onsite from March through December each year.

 

Workshop

Short Courses

Medium Courses

Long Courses

  • 1 day
  • 2 days
  • 3 - 5 days
  • 1 week
  • 2 weeks
  • 3 weeks
  • 4 weeks
  • 6 weeks
  • 12 weeks
  • 16 weeks
  • 6 months
  • 1 year
  • 1 year +

 

PLEASE NOTE 

 • There are ONLY 4 Residential Seats and 4 Non Residential Seats. 

To Book for Residential Courses more than a month, one month advance is to be paid.

To Book for Residential Courses less than a month, 50 % to be paid in advance.

To Book for Non Residential Courses more than a month, one month advance is to be paid.

To Book for Non Residential Courses less than a month, full amount is to be paid in advance.

All payments made are NON- REFUNDABLE.

Payment includes training, art supplies, printed materials, accommodation and electricity. Payment does not include Pure Gold and Silk brocades.

NO MEALS are provided to Residential Students. 

LUNCH can be provided to Non- Residential Students at an additional cost of INR 200.

Accommodations include bed with attached bath, kitchen and hot water.

 

DETAILS OF COURSES

SHORT COURSES

One-Week Course

This course is designed to introduce students to the thangka art form, and includes the following:

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s face

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s body without robes

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s body with robes

Pencil sketch of a landscape including mountains, clouds, rivers, flowers, trees, and offerings.

 

Two-Week Course

This course is designed to introduce students to both pencil sketching and, if they wish, the application of ink. The course includes the following:

Week 1

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s face

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s body without robes

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s body with robes

Week 2

Students may repeat exercises from Week 1 using another deity/drawing of their choice, or

Learn techniques and principles of the application of ink

 

Three-Week Course

This course is designed to introduce students to both pencil sketching and the application of ink. Students will learn to sketch at least two deities or drawings. The course includes the following:

Week 1

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s face

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s body without robes

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s body with robes

Week 2

Pencil sketch of Green/White Tara face

Pencil sketch of the Green/White Tara’s body without robes

Pencil sketch of the Green/White Tara’s body with robes

Week 3

Application of ink to completed drawings

 

Four-Week Course

This course is designed to introduce students to both pencil sketching and the application of ink. Students will create three final drawings and have mastered the technique of applying ink. The course includes the following:

Week 1

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s face

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s body without robes

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s body with robes

Week 2

Pencil sketch of Green Tara’s face

Pencil sketch of the Green Tara’s body without robes

Pencil sketch of the Green Tara’s body with robes

Week 3

Pencil sketch of White Tara’s face

Pencil sketch of White Tara’s body without robes

Pencil sketch of White Tara’s body with robes

Week 4

Students apply ink to their drawings

 

MEDIUM COURSES

Six-Week Intensive Course

This is an intensive, condensed course that allows students the opportunity to engage meaningfully with the skills and methods involved in the creation of thangka paintings. In addition to learning to sketch deities including Shakyamuni Buddha, the Medicine Buddha, and Taras, students will be introduced to important landscape elements in the Tibetan style. Students will then apply ink to their drawings after studying the technique. The course includes the following:

Week 1

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s face

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s body without robes

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s body with robes

Week 2

Pencil sketch of the Medicine Buddha’s face

Pencil sketch of the Medicine Buddha’s body without robes

Pencil sketch of the Medicine Buddha’s body with robes

Week 3

Pencil sketch of Green Tara’s face

Pencil sketch of the Green Tara’s body without robes

Pencil sketch of the Green Tara’s body with robes

Week 4

Pencil sketch of White Tara’s face

Pencil sketch of White Tara’s body without robes

Pencil sketch of White Tara’s body with robes

Weeks 5-6

Landscape elements, including clouds, waterfalls, trees, animals, etc.

Students apply ink to their drawings

 

Twelve-Week/Semester Intensive Course

The duration of this intensive, condensed program is designed to suit the academic needs of students on semester and quarter-based schedules. For others, it provides the opportunity to have a hands-on experience of the many techniques, methods, and materials involved in the process of creating a thangka painting. At the end of the program, students will have completed a portfolio with drawings, a complete traditional painting depicting symbols or any illustration, and an academic research paper in thangka art history. The course includes the following:

Week 1

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s face

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s body without robes

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s body with robes

Weeks 2-3

Pencil sketch of the Medicine Buddha, Manjushree, or Avalokiteshvara/Chenrezig

Pencil sketch of these without robes

Pencil sketch of these with robes

Week 4-6

Pencil sketch of Green Tara/White Tara’s face

Pencil sketch of the Green Tara/White Tara’s body without robes

Pencil sketch of the Green Tara/White Tara’s body with robes

Week 7

Landscape elements, including trees, mountains,waterfalls, animals, and mythical creatures

Symbols

Application of ink to the drawings

Week 8-12

Creating the Canvas

Lines of Orientation

Transfer of Drawing (symbols or any simple drawing)

Colouring

Shading

Outlining

Application of gold (optional)

Mounting in silk brocade (optional)

 

Sixteen-Week Intensive Course (MOST RECOMMENDED)

This sixteen-week course is the most commonly recommended program for those interested in thangka painting. The duration of this intensive, condensed program is designed to suit the academic needs of students on semester and quarter-based schedules. For others, it provides the opportunity to have a hands-on experience on the many techniques, methods, and materials involved in the process of creating a thangka painting. Students will complete a portfolio with drawings, a complete traditional painting depicting symbols or any illustration, and an academic research paper in thangka art history. The course includes the following:

Week 1

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s face

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s body without robes

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s body with robes

Weeks 2-3

Pencil sketch of the Medicine Buddha, Manjushree, or Avalokiteshvara/Chenrezig

Pencil sketch of these without robes

Pencil sketch of these with robes

Weeks 4-6

Pencil sketch of Green Tara/White Tara’s face

Pencil sketch of the Green Tara/White Tara’s body without robes

Pencil sketch of the Green Tara/White Tara’s body with robes

Week 7

Landscape elements, including trees, mountains, waterfalls, animals, and mythical creatures

Symbols

Application of ink to the drawings

Weeks 8-16

Creating the Canvas

Lines of Orientation

Transfer of Drawing (any deity)

Colouring

Shading

Outlining

Application of gold (optional)

Mounting in silk brocade (optional)

 

 

LONG COURSES

Six-Month Course

This course in thangka painting is the recommended program for students who are committed to serious long-term study of the art form, providing them the opportunity to have a hands-on experience on the techniques, methods, and materials involved in the process of creating a thangka painting that the students carry in the end. The course includes the following:

Week 1

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s face

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s body without robes

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s body with robes

Weeks 2-3

Pencil sketch of the Medicine Buddha, Manjushree, or Avalokiteshvara/Chenrezig

Pencil sketch of these without robes

Pencil sketch of these with robes

Weeks 4-6

Pencil sketch of Green Tara/White Tara’s face

Pencil sketch of the Green Tara/White Tara’s body without robes

Pencil sketch of the Green Tara/White Tara’s body with robes

Week 7

Landscape elements, including trees, mountains, waterfalls, animals, and mythical creatures

Symbols

Weeks 8-10

Mahakala

Weeks 11-16

Kalachakra

Yamantaka

Weeks 17-24

Creating the Canvas

Lines of Orientation

Transfer of Drawing (deity with detailed landscape)

Colouring

Shading

Outlining

Application of gold (optional)

Mounting in silk brocade (optional)

 

One-Year Course

This is a special training course that prepares student to start giving workshops, presentations, and lectures in the field of Buddhist painting. Students interested in this program are expected to dedicate themselves to an intense training process, during which they will become proficient in all the techniques and principles included in the artform. This includes the study of Buddhist scriptures and thangka art theory, as well as learning how to draw and paint. Instruction requires a minimum of seven to ten hours of work daily. Once a month, students will make presentations summarising their progress, as well as relating their training to their study of art history.

During the training students may choose a Buddhist subject of their choice for their thangka painting(s). Students will learn to stretch and prepare a canvas, and then begin to explore the many techniques employed in application of mineral pigments. The course will conclude with students applying the finishing touches to their work, including pure gold pigments.This program offers an unmatched opportunity for students to develop their artistic eye in a peaceful and constructive environment.

The course includes the following:

Month 1

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s face

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s body without robes

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s body with robes

Pencil sketch of the Medicine Buddha, Manjushree, and Avalokiteshvara/Chenrezig

Pencil sketch of these without robes

Pencil sketch of these with robes

Month 2

Pencil sketch of Green Tara’s face

Pencil sketch of the Green Tara’s body without robes

Pencil sketch of the Green Tara’s body with robes

Pencil sketch of White Tara’s face

Pencil sketch of the White Tara’s body without robes

Pencil sketch of the White Tara’s body with robes

Month 3

Pencil Sketch of Red Tara

Pencil Sketch of Mahakala’s face (two angles)

Pencil Sketch of Mahakala’s body

Pencil Sketch of Kalachakra deity with Female Consort

Months 4-6

Pencil Sketch of Yidams

Landscape elements, including flowers, trees, mountains, waterfalls, animals, and mythical creatures

Symbols

Application of ink to completed drawings

Months 7-12

Preparation of Canvas

Lines of Orientation

Transfer of Drawings

Application of ink

Colouring

Wet Shading, Dry Shading, Granular Shading

Outlining

Opening of Eyes

Application of gold details

Mounting

Consecration

Submit research paper on thangka art theory or history

 

One-Year Plus Course 

This is the longest course offered at our school. It is based on the ancient Gurukul System Training where the student is expected to stay long term with the master and benefit from his or her knowledge and skill. Students interested in this program are expected to dedicate themselves to an intense training process, during which they will become proficient in all the techniques and principles included in the artform. This includes the study of Buddhist scriptures and thangka art theory, as well as learning how to draw and paint. Instruction requires a minimum of seven to ten hours daily.

 This program is a window into the world of classic thangka painting and offers an unmatched opportunity for serious students to develop their artistic eye in a peaceful and constructive environment. The course includes the following:

Month 1

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s face

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s body without robes

Pencil sketch of the Buddha’s body with robes

Pencil sketch of the Medicine Buddha, Manjushree, and Avalokiteshvara/Chenrezig

Pencil sketch of these without robes

Pencil sketch of these with robes

Month 2

Pencil sketch of Green Tara’s face

Pencil sketch of the Green Tara’s body without robes

Pencil sketch of the Green Tara’s body with robes

Pencil sketch of White Tara’s face

Pencil sketch of the White Tara’s body without robes

Pencil sketch of the White Tara’s body with robes

Month 3

Pencil Sketch of Red Tara

Pencil Sketch of Mahakala’s face (two angles)

Pencil Sketch of Mahakala’s body

Pencil Sketch of Kalachakra deity with Female Consort

Months 4-6

Pencil Sketch of Yidams

Landscape elements, including flowers, trees, mountains, waterfalls, animals, and mythical creatures

Symbols

Application of ink to completed drawings

Months 7-12

Preparation of Canvas

Lines of Orientation

Transfer of Drawings

Application of ink

Coloring

Wet Shading, Dry Shading, Granular Shading

Outlining

Opening of Eyes

Application of gold details

Mounting

Consecration

Month 12 Plus

Submit a research paper on thangka art theory or history

Assist the Master in the creation of a masterpiece painting

Independently create two thangka paintings