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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)
  • Coloring
  • Shading
  • Outlining
  • Application of gold (optional)
  • Mounting in silk brocade (optional)

Sixteen-Week Intensive Course

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)
  • Coloring
  • Shading
  • Outlining
  • Application of gold (optional)
  • Mounting in silk brocade (optional)