Pahari Painting: Basholi Style
|Dates:||19 August 2019 - 23 August 2019|
|Time:||10:30 - 17:30|
|Location:||The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts|
|Tutor:||Dr Susana Marin|
This course will focus on the Basohli style of Pahari painting that flourished during the late 17th and 18th centuries at the foothills of the Western Himalayas.
Basohli painters created outstanding series of paintings illustrating Indian classical texts that excelled in the use of colour, imaginative approach to composition, and expression of sentiments.
Using handmade paper and natural pigments students will be guided through the process of creating an Indian miniature painting in the Basohli idiom.
Students will be given colour reproductions of 18th century Basohli masterpieces which they can use to make an exact copy or as a reference to create their own paintings.
The tutor will help students identify in their own work their strengths and weaknesses, helping them to improve their technical skills and understanding their paintings’ aesthetic content. They will also be given daily goals which will be reviewed at the end of each day to achieve a steady progress in their work. While encouraging creativity and confidence, the tutor will also ask students to look critically at their own work and to strive at producing high quality work to the best of their abilities.
On this course students will:
Identify the main features of Basohli style: understand the stylisation of the human figure and treatment of nature in this idiom.
Draw the subject of their paintings, freehand.
Learn how to work with natural pigments: grinding, mixing with gum Arabic and testing.
Learn specific techniques of Indian miniature painting; colour application, washes, shading, outlining, burnishing.
Apply shell gold
Who is this course for?
All levels of ability and experience welcome.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting slightly messy.
Health & Safety
When mixing pigments:
Food and drink must never be consumed in the basement workshop or studios.
What should I bring to class?
Students will be asked to bring their own brushes. The exact sizes will be specified at a later date.
All other materials, including paper, pigment, and an Indian miniature squirrel hair brush will be provided.
What days do I attend?
Monday - Friday
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?
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Image: Detail of a Basohli painting, c. 1670, © Victoria & Albert Museum
Dr Susana Marin
Dr Susana Marín has been a painter and musician since childhood. She trained in traditional Indian painting with masters of Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan and received her Doctoral Degree at the Prince’s School for her research into the living tradition of Pahari painting and its relevance in the 21st century. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe and the Indian Subcontinent. She also gives workshops internationally and is committed to support the preservation and continuation of Pahari painting.