East Coast & New York City art retreats
Each year I spend 3 to 4 weeks in the US East Coast where I offer many different thangka drawing and painting classes at different venues.
Here’s an overview of the workshops I offered in July 2016:
Omega Institute (Rhinebeck, NY):
Healing Plants in Tibetan Medicine
My 2016 East Coast tour started by offering a 5 day thangka drawing & painting retreat at the renowned Omega Institute, where I taught my students about the Medicine Buddha and how to work with his meditation and mantra, as well as all about the most used healing plants in Tibetan medicine, what illnesses they are used for and how to draw and paint them according to the old Tibetan Buddhist Tradition. A very wonderful week!
Check out all pictures of this retreat on the Thangka Painting FaceBook Page:
During the week I also gave a lecture to all people on the Omega campus, and after that people came closer to view the original thangkas that I had brought with me to show:
Rubin Museum of Art (NYC):
Creating a Tibetan Amulet for protection,
compassion & abundance
The subject of this special amulet class was chosen in connection with the current leading exhibition:
that runs from from May 6, 2016 to March 27, 2017
This is the first exhibition connecting well-known deities represented in Nepalese art to rituals and festivals surrounding the rainy season, or monsoon, and highlighting the importance of the seasons to the culture and everyday life of Nepalese people. The exhibition will offer visitors a new understanding of the region and its art, which is already renowned for its high quality and aesthetic appeal.
Tibet House (NYC):
Drawing Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion
In this weekend students learned how to draw Chenrezig (named Avalokiteshvara in Sanskrit) following the Buddhist tradition, learned all about his symbolism in Tibetan Art, and how to work with his meditations and his famous mantra Om Mani Padme Hum. New people started with drawing the face of the Buddha first.
On Sunday evening, after the course, we went out for dinner & drinks, as it was my last day in New York before I flew back to Amsterdam.
Alix Experience (NYC):
Tibetan Buddhist Symbols
A new invitation for me to teach this year was at the Alix Experience, an international membership of dynamic, engaged women professionals who travel globally for business and leisure.
I offered an evening class on Tibetan Buddhist Symbols (the Eternal Knot, the Lotus Flower and the Eyes of the Buddha), combined with drinks, food & networking. Their office on Broadway has amazing views of the city.
Private Thangka Teachings
On the days in between the group teachings I can be hired to offer private thangka teachings on different subjects.
NOTE: From 2017 on, we will be offering teachings in the West Coast as well.
Are you in the US and do you want to learn how to draw and paint Tibetan Buddhas and symbols?
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