Paint the Jataka Tales

Subject: Painting
Dates: 17 February 2020 - 21 February 2020
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Renuka Gurung
£ 385

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.

This course requires a minimum number of enrolment to run.

Who is this course for?

All levels of experience and ability welcome.

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 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

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.

The School reserves the right to discontinue or suspend a Course up to fourteen (14) calendar days before the advertised start date of the Course.

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

Tutor biography

Renuka Gurung

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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