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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)
  • Coloring
  • 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 summarizing 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 andconstructive 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
  • Submit research paper on thangka art theory or history

One Year Plus

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 with detailed landscapes