Indian miniature painting: The mighty squirrel-hair brush

Subject: Painting
Dates: 6 February 2020 - 26 March 2020
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Sam Fenton
Full price
£ 350

The pointed squirrel-hair brush is unique to Indian miniature painting. Capable of producing everything from fine outlines to layers of rendering, a painter can spend years mastering this tool.

Here's your opportunity to take a deep-dive into another aspect of methods and materials used in this tradition.

Practice the various ways to use the squirrel-hair brush in miniature painting:

  • on plain primed paper
  • on flat colours
  • for rendering/shading
  • outlining key forms such as trees, rocks, figures, faces and so on
  • using the brush to 'draw' with ink

To advance your brushwork, certain elements will be prepared for you such as base colours from natural pigment, and hemp paper.

Who is this course for?

All levels and abilities welcome. This course will be particularly useful for intermediate painters wishing to improve.

What should I bring to class?

Please bring your own palette with wells (either plastic or ceramic) to take home a bit of pigment and continue working.

A glass jam jar.

A notebook for notes may also come in handy.

All other materials will be provided, including pigments, paper and Indian miniature brushes.

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.

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.

This course requires a minimum number of enrolments to run.

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.

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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.