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Hands-On Thangka Workshop – From Canvas to Brocade

March 8, 2015 @ 10:00 am to 4:00 pm


Join us for a hands-on workshop in the traditional symbols, forms, colours, and techniques of Tibetan thangka painting.

Following an introduction to the traditional iconography and geometry of thangka illustrations, we will explore the complete process of traditional thangka, from drawing stages to inking, painting, and mounting the painting as a brocaded scroll.

Includes a demonstration on how to prepare the cloth painting supports with hand-made grounds and making paints from organic pigments. We will discuss the importance of observing the ethics and spiritual traditions of thangka painting and the processes by which thangkas may be consecrated as sacred art.

**A Glimpse of the Godesses: In honour of International Women’s Day, Sunday’s workshop will focus on female forms of the Buddha – the Taras and other lesser known deities.**

We will have the opportunity to tour the thangkas on display in the 3rd Flr Gallery as part of Mar 5-15 Painted Prayer : The Sacred Art of Thangka

* Suitable for all levels.
* Materials can be provided but please bring pencils (graphite & colour), ruler and sketchbook if you have them.
All proceeds benefit the Tibetan Artists Development Society in Labrang. Donations support the school’s capital, operating, and scholarship needs.

Food and snacks available at Youngplace Coffee Pub.


March 8, 2015
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
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