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Thangka Classes for teenagers
Every year I offer Buddhist Art Classes for teenagers at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York.
It’s so wonderful to be able to inspire these teenagers, coming from all backgrounds and religions, through the Buddhas they learn to draw.
I always love working with the teens.
They are sometimes so insecure about themselves at that age and in these few hours that I work with them I really try to encourage them to get the best out of themselves and let them know that they CAN do it, if they go on after the initial struggle (with the grid patterns etc).
And I love how they are so proud of their artworks at the end of the workshop!
And that they all created their own wonderful Buddha, that sometimes even looks like the person who made it.
I also hope that the short lecture I give at the beginning -and that’s related to the Buddhist way of life behind these images- will be of inspiration to them.
And it doesn’t matter what religion you have; being kind to others and reflecting your actions are general values in each religion.
Letter from the Teaching Assistant at the Rubin Museum of Art that I received after this class:
Just wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU from myself and the teens! As usual it was a beyond wonderful and magical experience.
Afterwards the teens they kept raving about the time spent with you and exclaimed several times that this work they produced was the best they have ever created and they felt very proud of it.
Thank you so much for your generosity and we can’t wait to work with you in the future with the next batch of teens.”
See you soon,
Teaching Assistant, RMA