NEWS The article about Carmen Mensink and her work in Happinez Magazine has just come out (June 2016), and Special Workshops are organized in Leiden (July 2), Zwolle (Aug 27), Den Bosch (Sept 4) and Utrecht (Sept 11).
Welcome to the website about drawing and painting of Buddhas and Mandalas according to the beautiful, old tradition called ‘thangka’.
On this site you can view Carmen Mensink’s Thangka Paintings and the Thangka Drawing & Painting Courses that she gives in many different countries – most of them are also suitable for people with no drawing or painting skills whatsoever.
You can also commission Carmen to paint a thangka of your choice, or to let her gild & paint your Buddha statues, according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. In the Thangka Shop you can find presents for yourself and others.
In Tibet, the painting of thangkas was an important and highly developed means of expression through which the entire Buddhist philosophy could be explained. And it still has this function: thangkas are used in temples & monasteries and are hung above the altars to support the Buddhist meditation and practice.
The Chinese invasion in Tibet in the 1950’s and the destruction of a lot of old Tibetan traditions and monasteries makes it even more important to keep this beautiful tradition alive and pure.
Classes & Courses
Carmen Mensink offers workshops in Tibetan Buddhist Art in Europe, United States and Asia.
Most courses are for both beginners and advanced, and all courses come with a guided meditation, slide shows and talks on the symbolism of the subject (a Tibetan Buddha, Mandala or Symbol), and a lot of individual guidance.
Carmen offers day classes and weekend courses in Buddha drawing, as well as in-depth thangka painting retreats that last a week or longer.
She also offers individual teachings on thangka drawing and painting, for those who rather work one on one with a teacher instead of being in a group. There’s a lot of guidance and a lot of time to answer your questions.
Private classes can be taken by the more advanced students as well as the ones who have never even touched a pencil in their life (and will be surprised about their hidden talents!)
Art & Testimonials
Carmen passes on the Art of Tibetan Thangka to her students with a lot of joy and dedication. She inspires them to reach their full potential in art and at the same time inspires them to go inside, meditate and check their mind and work on its potential, according to the Buddhist philosophy – which is inseparable from Buddhist Art.
It doesn’t matter if people have drawing and painting experience or not, most important is the joy they experience during the courses and what’s going on inside themselves – which undoubtedly will be expressed in their artwork.