Paint an image of White Tara

Subject: Painting
Dates: 20 May 2019 - 24 May 2019
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Dr Renuka Gurung
Full price
£ 385

White Tara (also known as Saptalochani in Sanskrit and Dolma karpo in Tibetan) is the mother of all Buddhas. She represents the motherly aspect of compassion. On this course, students will paint her image.

Seated upon a fully blossomed lotus in the vajrasana (vajra position), she holds the stem of a lotus in her left hand. Her right hand is in the wish granting position, varadamudra. She has seven eyes on her body, symbolising her ability to see all the suffering of the world. She is quick to fulfil wishes, and grants compassion, healing, long-life, and good health. All Buddhist communities in the world venerate White Tara.

Students will be given a brief introduction of the history, cultural significance and tradition of White Tara. Students will learn to sketch and paint on the basis of the traditional methods and materials of Paubhā painting, the traditional arts of Nepal. By the end of the course, students will have a beautiful image of White Tara to take home.

Who is this course for?

All levels of experience and ability welcome.

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 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 Renuka Gurung

    Dr 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.