Mural Painting of Dunhuang

Subject: Painting, Dunhuang
Dates: 22 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
Time: 10:00 - 14:30
Location: The Prince's School of Traditional Arts, 19-22 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3SG
Tutor: Sam Fenton
Full price
£ 385
Student and pensioner concession
£ 310

Explore mural painting techniques inspired by the tradition of painting found in the Buddhist caves at Dunhuang. The course will be led by a guest tutor from the Dunhuang Academy assisted by Sam Fenton, an alumni of The Prince’s school, who recently spent time In Dunhuang working with the Academy and researching the techniques used in the Mogao and Yulin caves. The course will include preparation of a traditional plaster based ground on paper to simulate the wall surface. Participants will prepare traditional animal hide glues used in the mixing of the plaster ground and pigment paints. Students will learn to prepare and apply selected mineral colours used in the cave murals and prepared specifically for the plaster ground in their own copy of a detail from a large mural in the Yulin caves of Dunhuang. This course is an excellent opportunity to study the refined brushwork of a Western Xia dynasty masterpiece.

All materials will be provided.


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. This year, Sam has spent time travelling to and researching the Mogao caves of Dunhuang, China

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