Open Programme

The Open Programme offers lectures, workshops and short, practical courses in traditional arts and crafts. These are open to anyone over the age of 16 and suit all levels of ability and experience, from beginners to seasoned practitioners.

Students who complete five courses within three years are eligible to receive a certificate of completion.


Handmaking Watercolour Pigments: Malachite

10:30-14:30 7 May 2017

With Sam Fenton

This course is fully booked. Please do look at our other upcoming course, Cinnabar and Malachite.

Grind mineral malachite into beautiful green pigment. Prepare natural binders and test your pigment using fine brush and blocking techniques, guided by a painter of Indian miniatures.


With Singular Mind: Karma and the Aesthetics of Dunhuang Art

19:00-20:30 16 May 2017

With Dr. Neil Schmid

This lecture is fully booked. Please email us to be added to the waiting list.

The exhibit at The Prince’s School of Traditional Art, “Sacred Art of the Silk Road: Dunhuang’s Buddhist Cave Temples”, presents a remarkable selection of artistic forms from the Mogao Caves: large mural paintings, illustrated narratives, drawings on paper, painted sculpture, all contextualized by a full-scale, spatial reproduction of a cave in toto. Such a striking range of artistic works raises a fundamental question: are there ideas or practices that unite such a diversity of media and materials? This talk provides an overview of the exhibit and its objects, and discusses how the core Buddhist concepts of donation and merit centered on karma were integral to shaping not only the types of objects on display but also their very aesthetics.

Chinese Brush Painting: Inspired by Dunhuang

10:00-16:30 10 June 2017

With Jane Dwight

This course is fully booked. Please email us to be added to the waiting list.

Use bamboo-handled brushes with fine natural hair to recreate some of the Dunhuang cave images and fully appreciate just how skilled their original artists were.