Paint the Jataka Tales
|Dates:||13 May 2019 - 17 May 2019|
|Time:||10:30 - 17:30|
|Location:||The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts|
|Tutor:||Dr Renuka Gurung|
This creative course will focus on the jatakamala, (or Jataka tales) of Buddha Shakyamuni as beautifully depicted on the walls of the Ajanta cave in India and on relief carvings at the Great Stupa of Borobudur, Indonesia.
Part of the canon of sacred Buddhist literature, Jatakamala or the garland of birth stories is a collection of stories depicting the earlier incarnations of Gautama Buddha, his good deeds, his incarnations as man, god or an animal, his royal hunt, voyages and so forth.
On this course, students will learn to paint a chosen scene and important motifs such as mountains, foliage, animals based upon the stories from the jatakamala. Students will also seek to understand the meaning of these scenes and motifs, which represent aspects of Buddhist morality.
Students will be allowed to trace and transfer or sketch freehand from the template images provided in the workshop. Besides learning about the previous life stories of Buddha; students will learn to paint creative illustrative images from jatakamala.
Students will work with traditional materials, including hand ground mineral pigments, binders, gold and hand made canvas from Nepal.
Who is this course for?
All levels of experience and ability welcome.
What should I bring?
Students are asked to bring their own brushes. We recommend pointed sable watercolour brushes in sizes:
• 2 brushes in size 00000
• 1 brush each in sizes 000, 00,1,3,4, and 6
We also recommend that you bring your own palette with wells so that you may take some pigment home and continue painting if need be, and a sketchbook/notebook for note-taking.
All other materials will be provided.
What days do I attend?
Monday - Friday
What if I need to cancel or change my booking?
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Dr Renuka Gurung
Dr Renuka Gurung PhD learned Paubha painting from one of the Chitrakar Masters and Vajracharya priests of Nepal and has established herself as one of the leading masters of traditional Paubha painting. Following the completion of her doctoral studies at the School, Renuka continues her work of preserving Paubha painting by researching and documenting this traditional painting method. She travels internationally exhibiting her works, conducting workshops and lectures with the aim of introducing and promoting Paubha. She recently gave presentations and workshops on Paubha at the University of Oxford and in Hong Kong, and her paintings are in various private collections in Nepal, Russia, Italy, the USA and Britain.
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