Indian Miniature Painting: Methods & Materials

Subject: Painting
Dates: 17 October 2019 - 5 December 2019
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Sam Fenton
Full price
£ 350

A deep dive into the materials and preparation stages of traditional Indian miniature painting. This course is designed for students already familiar with Indian miniature painting and who want to take their understanding further.

Many traditional miniatures were painted crudely and yet carry such beauty because of the diligence shown in preparing the materials and laying the right ground. To see how the foundations fundamentally affect the final result, students will be shown examples of beautiful finished effects in details of paintings.

Then learn to refine your preparation process, the essential foundation for achieving the beauty visible in simple brush strokes. Rather than challenging students to apply brush work that is beyond their experience, students on this course will be shown a few simple processes of preparation that facilitate a beautiful effect regardless of the level of skill.

On this course students will:

Develop an understanding and relationship to correct materials, specifically paper and pigments.

Learn the extensive process of preparing paper, including what to look for and what to avoid.

How to grind and filter pigments in a more refined way, specific to the needs of miniature application.

Improve brush work.

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

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.

Who is this course for?

Intermediate students wishing to improve.

What should I bring to class?

All materials will be provided on this course, including pigments, paper and Indian miniature brushes.

We do recommend that you bring your own palette with wells (either plastic or ceramic) to take home a bit of pigment and continue working. A notebook for notes may also come in handy.

What days do I attend?

Thursday evenings

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?

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.

Tutor biography

Sam Fenton

Sam Fenton is an artist based in London who specialises in Indian Miniature Painting. He is a graduate of the MA programme at The Princes School of Traditional Art, and has spent time working in India in the studio of Dr Desmond Lazaro, a contemporary painter who specialises in Indian Miniature painting and the Pichvai Tradition of Rajasthan.

Sam also studied with Manish Soni, a master Miniature painter based in Bhilwara, Rajasthan. There he learnt the process of creating traditional paintings including preparing colours from local natural materials, as well as brush techniques and line work. Sam has spent time travelling to and researching the Mogao caves of Dunhuang, China as part of a residency at the Dunhuang Research Academy.