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Thangka Painting Course 2, 2024

by Karsang Tamag


Karsang Tamang was born in 1989 and grew up in the Kavrepalnchok district which is located in the eastern part of Nepal. It is almost 150km away from Kathmandu . One needs to cross the Votekosho river and go up on a rough road for 60km to get there.
His father was a monk. In nepal there are two types of monks: married and non-married monks. Karsang’s father was a married monk. Karsang grew up with his neighbors being artists, while there were many artist in his village. Today many of the villagers have changed their profession.
Karsang started to learn Thangka art work from his uncle when he was 15 years old. He would learn 8 hours a day for the first 2 years. It was challenging for him as a young man to study painting so extensively. After two years of study he moved to Kathmandu to finsh his studies. It was quite a culture shock moving from a small village to kathmandu, but he managed.
How Thangka painting was taught to him and how it is taught today has changed a lot. For the first 5 months Karsang would only be making cotton canvas’. Later on he would be combining colors, shading, and some sketching. After two years he learnd from different teachers for about 5-6months. He has continually been practicing by himself for 8 years today.
When Karsang started to learn Thangka painting the art would only be taught to family members, and the teachings would be passed on gradually. Today he has developed a teaching method where the techniques can be taught and learned faster and the art of painting thangkas is not only kept within the family, but beyond with the purpose of teaching to paint meditatively.

Course Syllabus


Painting a Mandala Thangka

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Date and Times

Dates: 2 February - 23 February 2024
CET Time: Typically from 11:00-12:00 or 12:00-13:00.
The course takes 3 weeks.
After each class you will have homework for the next class.
Please don’t underestimate how much work goes into painting this mandala. You will at least have to spend 5-6 hours on this Mandala painting. Traditionally a painting like this would take 40 days.

Community

You may ask the organiser or the teacher questions at any time in the WhatsApp group. Please bear in mind that there is a 4hours and 45 min. time difference between CET and Nepal. When it is 12 in Berlin (CET) then it will be 16:45 in Kathmandu.


Schedule
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Class
Activity
Date
Time
YouTube: Video
1
1
Personal introduction by Karsang
Explanation of Mandala Thangka.
The process of creating a canvas , and why we paint Mandalas.
Going through the list of materials needed for the following class.
02-02-2024
​11:00 AM
Thangka Mandala Painting - Intro + Theory, Class1-7, 2024
2
2
Sketching
03-02-2024
​11:00 AM
Thangka Mandala Painting Course - Sketchiing, Class 2-7,2024
3
3
Combing colors and painting techniques
05-02-2024
​12:00 PM
Thangka Mandala Painting Course - Coloring, Class 3-7, 2024
4
4
Shading
09-02-2024
​11:00 AM
Thangka Mandala Painting Course - Shading, Class 4-7, 2024
5
5
Making detailed lines
13-02-2024
​11:00 AM
Thangka Mandala Painting Course - Lining, Class 5-7, 2024
6
6
Applying gold
14-02-2024
​11:00 AM
Thankga Mandala Course - Gold-lining and Decor, Class 6-7, 2024
7
7
Finishing
16-02-2024
​11:00 AM
Thangka Mandala Paininting Course - Finishing touch, Class 7-7, 2024
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Preperations


List of materials

Ruler
Pencil
Compass
Paintbrushes - brush sizes 3/0, 1, 3,6
Cotton Canvas (30cm x 30cm)
Airtight containers for the color mixtures we blend. This is only if you want to pause amd save your color mixtures for a later time.

Acrylic Colors
Black
White
Red
Blue
Yellow
Green
Gold

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