Italy / VENICE THANGKA ART COURSE / Nov 7-10, 2024

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Thangka Art Course
in Venice, Italy
7-10 November, 2024
…Come join us to create art in the most beautiful city in the world!


A special four day art 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.
Creating art in the city where you are surrounded by art – such a great combination! In addition to the thangka course you can explore the city on foot, take the vaporetto to visit the other islands such as Murano (famous for its glasswork) and visit the Venetian Art Biennale for example.

The course subject will be added soon.
This course is suitable for students on all levels.

For pics of last year’s thangka course in Venice click here

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.”
Note: This course will be given in clear English. If you need translation in Italian (or any other language) please let us know in the registration form and we’ll provide the texts for you.

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

Dates & Price

Thu Nov 7 through Sun Nov 10, 2024:
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 (€20 including dinner and all drinks).

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
Fondamenta Minotto n. 143 (Sestiere di Santa Croce)
Ring the bell ‘Pianizzola’ (and walk to the 2nd floor)

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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