Indian Miniature Painting

Subject: Painting
Dates: 19 October 2019 - 16 November 2019
Time: 10:00 - 16:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Sam Buckley
Full price
£ 385

Students will be guided through the traditional method of transferring the image to burnished wasli paper using ink and squirrel hair brushes. The tutor will provide a selection of traditional images from the many different schools of Indian painting, from Rajasthani Mughal and Kota to the hills of northern India.

Using handmade pigments from India, students are taught how to prepare and apply these beautiful colours which are then burnished in preparation for the detailed work of miniature painting.

Working with a squirrel hair brush, students are taught the special technique of prataj, creating the exquisite detail associated with these beautiful paintings.

The final stage is to create a border using gold to complete the image.

Who is this course for?

All levels of experience and ability welcome.

What should I bring?

Students should bring their own watercolour brushes, preferably sable. Sizes 000, 2 and 5 are recommended. Either rounded or pointed brushes will work. Click to see an example.

2 clean medium sized jam jars.

All other materials will be provided in the class.

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 dust 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

  • 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 days do I attend?

Saturdays, 19, 26 Oct and 2,9, 16 Nov 2019

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 change or cancel my booking?

You can view our policy here.

The School reserves the right to discontinue or suspend a Course up to fourteen (14) calendar days before the advertised start date of the Course.

By booking this course, you agree to our terms and conditions. Click to view.

Tutor biography

Sam Buckley

Samantha Buckley is an Indian miniature painter who has designed work for The Highgrove Shop in Tetbury, and Traditional Arts in London. In 2010 Samantha contributed two painted elephant sculptures to Elephant Parade, an event in London raising money for the Asian Elephant. In 2011 she was invited by the renowned artist Dr Desmond Lazaro to undertake a one-year apprenticeship in India to extend her knowledge and technique of miniature painting, developing work for an exhibition in London at The Ben Brown Gallery. She completed her MA at The School in 2006, receiving a distinction for her studies in miniature painting.

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