USA / May 7, 2020 / Drawing the Buddha Face / ONLINE 3hr WORKSHOP

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This same Drawing the Buddha Face! thangka course will be offered within the next few weeks online through our School for Tibetan Buddhist Art, (also possible in combination with its next course on  Medicine Buddha, the Buddha of Healing)
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ONLINE WORKSHOP organized by Pratt Institute NYC

Drawing the Face of the Buddha


Learn to draw the Face of the Buddha according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition!

The original workshop at Pratt Institute NYC will now be offered through Zoom at the exact same hours 6.30-9.30PM (EDT / NYC time)

To ensure the same in-depth experience as you would get in the onsite workshop Carmen will offer the same structure, with a clear meditation, lecture, instruction videos and of course her undivided time and guidance, in order for you to create a beautiful Buddha Face.

Drawing experience is not necessary.


With a short meditation and a short lecture to learn more about the backgrounds and symbolism of Tibetan thangkas, this is the best introduction if you want to learn how to draw a Tibetan thangka, such as Medicine Buddha, the Buddha of Healing, which is the subject of the following online thangka course.

To draw the Buddha Face we will work with the original grid-patterns (that contain the right proportions), which serve as a helpful tool.

This workshop makes the perfect entrance to creating a complete Buddha in the subsequent weekend course:

Launch date: Thursday May 7
Time: 6.30-9.30PM (EDT / NYC time)
Price: $95
Where: Zoom
Materials needed:
1) Paper – any size is possible but I advice you to start with size A3 / 11×17” / tabloid / ledger. Quality can just be any kind of (drawing) paper.
2) Pencil (regular B&W pencil or mechanical pencil)
3) Eraser
4) Ruler – minimum size of 30cm / 12” (note: for thangka it’s easiest to work with centimeters, but inches is possible too)
Pen and paper if you want to make notes during this course
Optional: Drawing compass, Coloured pencils

Optional: for $50 extra Carmen Mensink can send you a complete package with materials:
Including: reusable tube / two pieces of paper that are suitable for this course / grid proportions on paper incl. coloured version / mechanical pencil with refill leads / long ruler / regular eraser / pencil eraser / Buddha Shakyamuni card, and a personal welcome note from Carmen.

Please note that it takes around 10-12 days for this package to reach you.

Registration for this course is full – it will be offered very soon again – see top of page