Basohli painting: a passion for colour

Subject: Painting
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
Full price
£ 385

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 bring to course?

Windsor & Newton Kolinsky Sable Series 7 or a set of sable watercolour brushes from the Royal Academy of Arts, numbers 0, 2, 4, and 6.

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
  • These masks are disposable masks and are intended to be used for a day at most
  • 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?

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?

You can view our policy here.

By booking this course, you agree to our terms and conditions. Click to view.

Tutor biography

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.

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