Indian Miniature Painting: The Elephant

Subject: Painting
Dates: 26 January 2019 - 23 February 2019
Time: 10:00 - 16:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Sam Buckley
Full price
£ 385

The elephant was a prized possession in the Indian courts, and their portraiture falls into the larger Mughal practice of meticulously recording the treasures of the kingdom. The course will start with a short overview of how the Mughal elephant has been used, and appears in Mughal miniature paintings. 

Then, students will be given a choice of paintings to work from. This may be singular or group of elephants.

On this course, students will learn how to:

  • prepare vasli paper, and transfer your chosen design to paper
  • practice working with the fine squirrel hair brushed  used exclusively in Indian painting
  • prepare their own pigments ready for colour work
  • Flooding techniques, alongside the fine detailed shading will also be taught
  • Students can opt to finish the painting with a border painted in shell gold

Who is this course for?

All levels of experience and ability welcome.

What should I bring to class?

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.

All other materials will be provided in the class.

What days do I attend?


Do you offer concessions?

Yes, we offer concessions for full time students and OAPs. The reduced fee is £310.

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.

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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