Hindu Yantras & Mandalas

Subject: Painting
Dates: 27 August 2019 - 31 August 2019
Time: 10:30 - 17:30 Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 - 16:30 Saturday
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Dr Susana Marin
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Learn how to construct and paint yantras and mandalas from the Hindu tradition. This course will take students through the process of drawing the geometric structure of a yantra with a straightedge and compass and painting it with traditional colours using natural pigments and techniques of Indian miniature painting.

Yantra painting, an ancient meditative practice, will also provide students the opportunity to become familiar with geometric principles of Indian art and aniconic representations of deities from the Hindu pantheon.

By the end of the course students will have an understanding of:

  • the Yantra's structure and how to construct it with ruler and compass
  • how to prepare and mix natural pigments
  • how to apply layers of paint, how to achieve flat surface, shading and outlining
  • how to burnish paper
  • how to apply shell gold

Who is this course for?

All levels of ability and experience welcome.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting slightly messy.

Avoid wearing:

  • Baggy clothing (especially sleeves)
  • Loose jewellery
  • Short sleeve t-shirts (when there is a chance of contact with hazardous materials)
  • High heels or open toed shoes

Health & Safety

When mixing pigments:

  • Wear the dusk mask provided by the tutor
  • These masks are disposable masks and are intended to be used for a day at most
  • Wear disposable nitrile gloves should be worn
  • Tutors and students must wash their hands and forearms regularly to avoid cross contamination ie. after mixing pigments before eating, drinking, smoking, using the telephone or going to the toilet.

Food and drink must never be consumed in the basement workshop or studios.

What should I bring to the course?

A paint palette with wells and 2 x glass jars. Windsor & Newton Kolinsky Sable Series 7 or a set of sable watercolour brushes from the Royal Academy of Arts, numbers 0, 2, 4, and 6.

All other materials, including paper, pigment, and an Indian miniature squirrel hair brush will be provided.

What days do I attend?

Tuesday - Saturday

Do you offer concessions?

Yes, we offer concessions for full time students and OAPs.

To receive a concession, please apply via our online form.

What if I need to cancel or change my booking?

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Tutor biography

Dr Susana Marin

Dr Susana Marín has been a painter and musician since childhood. She trained in traditional Indian painting with masters of Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan and received her Doctoral Degree at the Prince’s School for her research into the living tradition of Pahari painting and its relevance in the 21st century. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe and the Indian Subcontinent. She also gives workshops internationally and is committed to support the preservation and continuation of Pahari painting.

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