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Venice Thangka Art Course
October 26-29, 2023
…Come join us and create art in the most beautiful city in the world!


We are so happy that after a few years of absence this course can be organized again!
A special course that’s held in a special place: a traditional Venetian Palazzo on one of the canals (with great views!) in the heart of Venice. For pics of a previous thangka course in Venice click here

This course is suitable for students on all levels:

New Thangka Students (also those without drawing experience):
Those who are completely new to the art of thangka will first learn the basics and how to draw the Face of the Buddha. After that you can choose to draw The Buddha (Buddha Shakyamuni), the Historical Buddha of our time, or the Medicine Buddha, the Buddha of Healing

Beginner / Intermediate Thangka Students
Those who have already done one or a few courses with Carmen may choose to draw The Buddha (Buddha Shakyamuni), the Historical Buddha of our time, or the Medicine Buddha, the Buddha of Healing, and/or continue to work on their other drawings.

Advanced Thangka Students
The subject for students who have been studying with Carmen for years is the tantric female Buddha Vajrayogini, transforming Passion into Compassion.

Carmen Mensink will guide students through the cultural/historical context of thangkas and symbolism within Tibetan-Buddhist art through the combination of art, slide shows and meditations. She will offer individual guidance where needed.

On Thursday evening after the lecture there will be drinks and snacks and time to get to know each other, and on Saturday evening a dinner party (optional) will be organized.

Drawing a Buddha is a meditation in itself and creates inner peace and joy. When you’re a Buddhist practitioner, the drawing of the Buddha can improve your visualization meditation on a great scale. Buddhist lamas say: “When you draw a Buddha, you are drawing your own mind.”

The course will be given in English. Please let us know in the registration form if you need translation and we’ll provide the texts for the lectures and meditations in your preferred language.

More Info & Registration
For more information, cost and venue please check out the following:

Dates & Price

Thu 26 Oct through Sun 29 Oct 2023:
Thursday evening: 19.30
21.30 Introduction + Lecture about the subject, ending with drinks and snacks – OPEN TO EVERYBODY
Friday: 10.00 – 18.00 (incl. lunch break)
Saturday: 10.00 – 18.00 (incl. lunch break)
Sunday: 10.00 – 17.00 (incl. lunch break)

Price: €250 including drinks and snacks after the lecture on thu evening, and coffee/tea/biscuits/fruit during the rest of the course
To be sure of your space we ask you to make a downpayment of €100 when you register. The remaining amount can be paid on the spot.

– A large vegetarian lunch for €20 per day, including red and white wine, freshly made by the owners of our beautiful work space. Of course you can also go out for lunch or bring some food with you.
– On Saturday evening there will be a wonderful dinner party, this can be booked on the spot (price to be determined by the owner).

Materials to bring
  • explanation-buddha-paintingThick drawing paper size 50x65cm
  • ruler 40-50cm
  • pencil HB (regular or  mechanical pencil)
  • eraser
  • compass
  • (optional: colored pencils)In ‘Carmen’s Little Shop’ different drawing materials can be bought as well (except for paper). Please bring some cash.
padmasambhava-thangka-italyPalazzo Minotto / Pianizzola (2nd floor)
Sestiere di Santa Croce n. 143,
Fondamenta Minotto,
Rio del Gaffaro (close to fondamenta dei Tolentini)

This is close to Piazzale Roma where the main train station of Venice S. Lucia is and all the busses arrive.

Where to spend the night
Check for ex. or for a hotel room or apartment. If you prefer to share a room or apartment with one of the other students you can let us know via the message in the registration form so we can bring you in contact with others that wish the same.

You can also check out the following hotels that are all near to where the thangka course takes place, and that we can recommend as the prices are not too high (for Venice standards). The people that run the B&B’s are friends of Giovanna Carraro (who organizes this course) and you may get a discount when you tell that you come for the thangka course that she organizes.

Hotel Casa Peron 
(very close to the Course and very good price close to train station and bus station)
Salizada S.Pantalon n.84, Venezia
Phone: +39 041 5256057
Email: albergocasaperon(at)
Albergo Marin 
(very close to the Course and good price, close to train station and bus station)
Ramo delle Chioverte n.670/B Sestiere Santa Croce, Venezia
Phone:  +39 041 718022 / email:  info(at)
B&B Casa Baseggio 
(not far to the Course and beautiful normal price for Venice, not far from the train station and bus station)
Sestiere Cannaregio n.3556, Venezia
Phone:   +39 3483432069
Email:   marco.casabaseggio(at)
Hotel S.Geremia Alloggi Gerotto Calderan 
(close to the Course and good price, close to train station and bus station)
Campo S.Geremia n.290, Venezia (close to train station and bus station)
Phone: +39 041 715562 / +39 041 716245
Email: info(at)
San Polo Star 
(not far from the Course and to train station and bus station)
Calle Campazzo, 3073/O, 30125 Venezia
Albergo-Hotel Doge 
(close to the Course close to train station and bus station)
Sestiere S.Croce, Lista Vecchia Dei Bari n.1222
Phone: +39 3491692362  / +39 3492233206  /  +39 3423757746  / +39 3451351127
Hotel Florida 
(close to the Course close to train station and bus station)
Calle Priuli Cavalletti  sestiere Cannaregio, Venezia
Phone: +39 (0)41 715253
Email:  info(at)
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