ONLINE Fall 2021, 2021 / White Tara, the Buddha of Long Life – Thangka Art Course

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The White Tara Thangka Art Course is offered three times a year at the online School for Tibetan Buddhist Art. All courses have a limited amount of students to ensure high quality and my full guidance, as I want each student to succeed.– Carmen

Jan PM Van den Broeck

Here’s my White Tara

Will be lining and colouring later

España

Here’s my White Tara

Will be lining and colouring later

Jan PM Van den Broeck

España

Natalia Melnikova

Carmen inspired me to believe in myself

This course was a challenge, all about passion, love, doubt, joy, creation, learning, acceptance, meditation and deep immersion into Tara’s philosophy and meaning behind each detail on the Thangka. Carmen inspired me to believe in myself, trust my abilities and led me through the course step-by-st…

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Marbella, Spain

Carmen inspired me to believe in myself

This course was a challenge, all about passion, love, doubt, joy, creation, learning, acceptance, meditation and deep immersion into Tara’s philosophy and meaning behind each detail on the Thangka. Carmen inspired me to believe in myself, trust my abilities and led me through the course step-by-step, from the first grid lines to the final shading strokes. I consider the White Tara drawing course as a meditative retreat.
I am very grateful to Carmen for the realization of my dream, to draw the White Tara, the female Buddha. Om Tare 🙏🏻

Natalia Melnikova

Marbella, Spain

Annette van der Swaluw

An in-depth retreat

Hi Carmen, it was so enjoyable ánd valuable for my Buddhist and drawing practice to follow a course with you again after nine years! I have experienced the course as an in-depth retreat. Your carefully designed teaching material, together with your constructive feedback, the mantras and beautiful m…

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Netherlands

An in-depth retreat

Hi Carmen, it was so enjoyable ánd valuable for my Buddhist and drawing practice to follow a course with you again after nine years! I have experienced the course as an in-depth retreat. Your carefully designed teaching material, together with your constructive feedback, the mantras and beautiful meditation on White Tara makes this drawing a real Sadhana. Thank you so much that you offer this to the world!

Annette van der Swaluw

Netherlands

Tenzin Nyidron

Any problem, ask the teacher

This course is so interesting for a beginner as me. My experience: just relax, visualise, draw, meditate… and follow the instruction of the teacher. Any problem, ask the teacher. With her skill and compassion, you can get the final smoothly.

Vietnam

Any problem, ask the teacher

This course is so interesting for a beginner as me. My experience: just relax, visualise, draw, meditate… and follow the instruction of the teacher. Any problem, ask the teacher. With her skill and compassion, you can get the final smoothly.

Tenzin Nyidron

Vietnam

Sherry

Contemplating White Tara’s qualities and feeling her blessings!

I loved immersing myself in contemplating White Tara’s qualities and feeling her blessings! For me, it was a challenge – my current eye for symmetry and spatial relationships isn’t well developed but I felt quite motivated to keep trying! Carmen is a font of information and an excellent te…

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USA

Contemplating White Tara’s qualities and feeling her blessings!

I loved immersing myself in contemplating White Tara’s qualities and feeling her blessings! For me, it was a challenge – my current eye for symmetry and spatial relationships isn’t well developed but I felt quite motivated to keep trying! Carmen is a font of information and an excellent teacher.

Sherry

USA

Anne Crosbie

I am amazed at what I have been able to achieve with Carmen’s help

White Tara and the Colouring Technique course combo was my second and third course with Carmen but they definitely won’t be my last. As a hopeless painter I am amazed at what I have been able to achieve with Carmen’s help and only using coloured pencils. Thank you Carmen.

Australia

I am amazed at what I have been able to achieve with Carmen’s help

White Tara and the Colouring Technique course combo was my second and third course with Carmen but they definitely won’t be my last. As a hopeless painter I am amazed at what I have been able to achieve with Carmen’s help and only using coloured pencils. Thank you Carmen.

Anne Crosbie

Australia

Michel

I thought I would never be able to draw all the details

I thought I would never be able to draw all the details of White Tara but I found increasing confidence in my abilities as I put pencil to paper. Now can’t wait to do the shading and coloring course! It was a pleasure to learn about the history of Tara and have an opportunity to do the meditat…

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New York, USA

I thought I would never be able to draw all the details

I thought I would never be able to draw all the details of White Tara but I found increasing confidence in my abilities as I put pencil to paper. Now can’t wait to do the shading and coloring course! It was a pleasure to learn about the history of Tara and have an opportunity to do the meditations. Thanks Carmen! Look forward to many more!

Michel

New York, USA

Mara D’Ambrosi

Carmen encourages us to take our time and refine our skills

Hi Carmen 🌷
I will have to retake the course of the Coloring Techniques.
I only went through almost every module but didn’t really practice. I love it thought very much! So well explained …
Next time I will probabile focus only on that …
I will take with me what I have learned and k…

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Sedona AZ, USA

Carmen encourages us to take our time and refine our skills

Hi Carmen 🌷
I will have to retake the course of the Coloring Techniques.
I only went through almost every module but didn’t really practice. I love it thought very much! So well explained …
Next time I will probabile focus only on that …
I will take with me what I have learned and keep on practicing.
I feel truly delighted by the experience of the White Tara drawing.
I am sending you where I am at so far. I love very much that you never put any pressure on us for finishing the paintings, rather encourage to take your time and refine your skills. That is the true painting of an artist ! Life goes with it, feelings, sensations,
perceptions …. ah this!
All is in movement, all is interconnected…
may your be happy
may you be well
may you be safe
Namaste Cara tanto amore 💗🙏🏻e tante grazie ☺️ da Mara

Mara D’Ambrosi

Sedona AZ, USA

Emelia

Almost like being with Carmen in person

After studying with Carmen in person on several occasions, I had little idea of what she was going to be able to do to offer her wonderful courses in Tibetan sacred art. This course on White Tara was so well designed and presented that it was almost like being with Carmen in person. As good as it ge…

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Northern California, USA

Almost like being with Carmen in person

After studying with Carmen in person on several occasions, I had little idea of what she was going to be able to do to offer her wonderful courses in Tibetan sacred art. This course on White Tara was so well designed and presented that it was almost like being with Carmen in person. As good as it gets in this year of pandemic.

Emelia

Northern California, USA

Ferne

I open my mind and heart to the act of drawing, meditating and mantra

I continue to learn on many levels each time I draw a Buddha. What I mean is that not only do I learn technique and skill through practice, but as I open my mind and heart to the act of drawing, meditating and mantra, I receive subtle teachings about myself – what to let go off and what to foc…

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New York City, USA

I open my mind and heart to the act of drawing, meditating and mantra

I continue to learn on many levels each time I draw a Buddha. What I mean is that not only do I learn technique and skill through practice, but as I open my mind and heart to the act of drawing, meditating and mantra, I receive subtle teachings about myself – what to let go off and what to focus on – how to expand my horizons. It’s a beautiful practice to engage in! I feel such gratitude to Carmen Mensink and the School for Tibetan Buddhist Art for reviving this ancient practice in our modern era!

Ferne

New York City, USA

Albel Sarmiento Cobo

Loving all the experience !

Loving all the experience ! Much more than I could imagine, still have some work to do, with flowers and landscape, so looking for coloring her and apply all the amazing tips from the class!!! 🥰✨👩🏻‍🎨
La mejor de las experiencias, la energia de Tara Blanca es maravillosa, aun tengo ta…

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Cancun, Mexico

Loving all the experience !

Loving all the experience ! Much more than I could imagine, still have some work to do, with flowers and landscape, so looking for coloring her and apply all the amazing tips from the class!!! 🥰✨👩🏻‍🎨
La mejor de las experiencias, la energia de Tara Blanca es maravillosa, aun tengo tarea pendiente con el fondo sin embargo, esta siendo un maravilloso viaje ✨💖✨

Albel Sarmiento Cobo

Cancun, Mexico

Karin Meijer

A whole new and pleasant way of drawing

I started the courses of Carmen completely blank and did not know what to expect. I liked all courses and it exceeded all my expectations. All material is very clearly set up and is also very extensive.
Without any experience in drawing thangkas I was able to make a beautiful drawing thanks to all t…

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Haarlem, the Netherlands

A whole new and pleasant way of drawing

I started the courses of Carmen completely blank and did not know what to expect. I liked all courses and it exceeded all my expectations. All material is very clearly set up and is also very extensive.
Without any experience in drawing thangkas I was able to make a beautiful drawing thanks to all the instructions and tools provided in the course. I have been drawing and coloring mandalas for years, but this was a whole new and pleasant way of drawing.

Karin Meijer

Haarlem, the Netherlands

Alaya

I loved getting to know White Tara so intimately

I loved getting to know White Tara so intimately. The program was outstanding. Carmen has done a fabulous job putting this together in such a clear format.
An artist with any formal education I do not have and very much enjoyed learning from Carmen her vast knowledge of both art history and Buddhism…

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Washington, USA

I loved getting to know White Tara so intimately

I loved getting to know White Tara so intimately. The program was outstanding. Carmen has done a fabulous job putting this together in such a clear format.
An artist with any formal education I do not have and very much enjoyed learning from Carmen her vast knowledge of both art history and Buddhism.
Carmen has always been so encouraging and inspiration because I thought I’d never get this far.
I still have much to color and hope to have it done soon.
Thank You!

Alaya

Washington, USA

Marco

Had some but not much experience in drawing

I absolutely loved drawing White Tara. Had some but not much experience in drawing and am amazed how she manifested on paper 😉

Netherlands

Had some but not much experience in drawing

I absolutely loved drawing White Tara. Had some but not much experience in drawing and am amazed how she manifested on paper 😉

Marco

Netherlands

Peter Prommel

So well listed and clearly explained

I very much enjoyed Carmens guidance, the step by step approach and her love for Thangka’s and their history and meaning. Especially the iconography, so well listed and clearly explained. It was a joyful time for me and for everyone in my house. Thank you Carmen!!!

Vreeland, thé Netherlands

So well listed and clearly explained

I very much enjoyed Carmens guidance, the step by step approach and her love for Thangka’s and their history and meaning. Especially the iconography, so well listed and clearly explained. It was a joyful time for me and for everyone in my house. Thank you Carmen!!!

Peter Prommel

Vreeland, thé Netherlands

Katharine Macaulay

I had no drawing experience and yet I was able to see wonderful Buddhas arise

The courses Carmen has created for her students are Amazing.
I had no drawing experience and yet I was able to see wonderful Buddhas arise with the aid of Thangka history, Buddhist teachings, mantras. and a wonderful instructor who makes it all so accessible.
The meditative drawing experience for me…

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Pueblo, Colorado, US

I had no drawing experience and yet I was able to see wonderful Buddhas arise

The courses Carmen has created for her students are Amazing.
I had no drawing experience and yet I was able to see wonderful Buddhas arise with the aid of Thangka history, Buddhist teachings, mantras. and a wonderful instructor who makes it all so accessible.
The meditative drawing experience for me is one of peaceful, single pointed focus and development of patience that I never thought I could achieve.
Buddhas arising from paper and pencil… what a Joy!

May All Benefit

Katharine Macaulay

Pueblo, Colorado, US

Anjana

Initially was apprehensive about drawing such a figure with so many intricate details

Thank you Carmen for providing this amazing and enriching experience of drawing the White Tara. The course was both informative and detailed. Initially was apprehensive about drawing such a figure with so many intricate details but the energy of Tara was such that I could complete the entire drawing…

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Initially was apprehensive about drawing such a figure with so many intricate details

Thank you Carmen for providing this amazing and enriching experience of drawing the White Tara. The course was both informative and detailed. Initially was apprehensive about drawing such a figure with so many intricate details but the energy of Tara was such that I could complete the entire drawing with focus and calmness never experienced before. Loved every bit of if.

Anjana

Valeria

I am so grateful for this wonderful online experience

Carmen, I am so grateful for this wonderful online experience you have created. I love the Buddhist meditations and information that deepens my commitment and understanding.
For me the combination of my love of art and Buddhist practice coming together in one class is so precious!!
Much appreciation…

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United States

I am so grateful for this wonderful online experience

Carmen, I am so grateful for this wonderful online experience you have created. I love the Buddhist meditations and information that deepens my commitment and understanding.
For me the combination of my love of art and Buddhist practice coming together in one class is so precious!!
Much appreciation for your generosity in sharing your passions so clearly with deep respect for the tradition.
Namaste,
Valeria

Valeria

United States

Gé van Lieshout- Klarenaar

I dedicated the drawing to my sister after her open heart surgery

Dear Carmen and student’s,

The course was a wonderfull experience for me. It gave me a lot of inspiration and energy. From day one I was surprised by that energy that befell me.
I have been drawing different buddha’s before, but with White Tara there was a connection, I never had experie…

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Heemskerk, the Netherlands

I dedicated the drawing to my sister after her open heart surgery

Dear Carmen and student’s,

The course was a wonderfull experience for me. It gave me a lot of inspiration and energy. From day one I was surprised by that energy that befell me.
I have been drawing different buddha’s before, but with White Tara there was a connection, I never had experienced before. Her mantra keeps coming in to my mind. Last night even, I dreamt that the buddha Amithabha, her companion above her in the drawing, presented to me the bowl he is holding in his hands. Now I probably have to figure out what it means for me 🙂
He is the buddha of meditation and maybe he says to me to take more time to meditate. I find this the most difficult exercise. It seems never to be the right moment to sit and meditate :).
I’ve enjoyed every aspect of this course including the lectures. I was very happy that I could go back each time to the information. It gave me a lot more time to take it all in, as English is not my native language.
I have dedicated the drawing to my oldest sister who is going through a difficult period after an open heart surgery on the 8th of October.
Hope to follow more of your courses in the future.
Thank you Carmen for your warm energy.

Love Gé

Gé van Lieshout- Klarenaar

Heemskerk, the Netherlands

Marja

What a pity the course has ended…

What a pity the course has ended… It has become a part of my daily life. Often during the day I heard Carmen chant the mantra of Tara in my ears, inviting me to join. It helped me through stressy moments, or to fall in sleep.
I enjoyed the drawing very much. Luckily I can go on with coloring m…

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The Netherlands

What a pity the course has ended…

What a pity the course has ended… It has become a part of my daily life. Often during the day I heard Carmen chant the mantra of Tara in my ears, inviting me to join. It helped me through stressy moments, or to fall in sleep.
I enjoyed the drawing very much. Luckily I can go on with coloring my Tara drawing.

Marja

The Netherlands

Maxine

Confident that I can improve my drawing colouring skills with the courses

Thank you Carmen for another amazing drawing and colouring course, so skilfully presented.
I loved drawing this White Tara: I feel that I have a very complete understanding of what I am drawing.
I have lots to learn but confident that I can improve my drawing and develop some skill with colouring te…

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Queensland, Australia

Confident that I can improve my drawing colouring skills with the courses

Thank you Carmen for another amazing drawing and colouring course, so skilfully presented.
I loved drawing this White Tara: I feel that I have a very complete understanding of what I am drawing.
I have lots to learn but confident that I can improve my drawing and develop some skill with colouring techniques if I follow your Colouring Techniques course. Big, big thanks for making this last course available to your students for an extended time.

I’m looking forward to colouring my White Tara – and to your next course.

Maxine

Queensland, Australia

Teresa McDowell

It’s so much more than just a drawing course

This is my third online course from Carmen Mensink. I really enjoy taking these classes and learning about the history behind the iconometry. It’s so much more than just a drawing course.

Minnesota, USA

It’s so much more than just a drawing course

This is my third online course from Carmen Mensink. I really enjoy taking these classes and learning about the history behind the iconometry. It’s so much more than just a drawing course.

Teresa McDowell

Minnesota, USA

Johnny

The tutorial videos are so helpful and the background info and practices are excellent

I loved the course and in fact it far exceeded my expectations.
Having done the Buddha face and Medicine Buddha courses I was really looking forward to this. A request to return to work full time put a spanner in the works for my time planning but I eventually managed to dedicate a few days.

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Ireland

The tutorial videos are so helpful and the background info and practices are excellent

I loved the course and in fact it far exceeded my expectations.
Having done the Buddha face and Medicine Buddha courses I was really looking forward to this. A request to return to work full time put a spanner in the works for my time planning but I eventually managed to dedicate a few days.

It was difficult if Im being honest. Im still getting used to drawing and erasing the grid lines is quite a big deal. Especially with the face where I was happy with it at first but having to go over small details after erasing the face changed quite considerably. I’m glad I got it done in time though as trying to do this without the videos would be really tough and Im not sure how it might turn out.

The tutorial videos are so helpful and the background info and practices are excellent. I loved the little touches like getting a gift of bookmarks – they’re fabulous ! and learned just how valuable a mono zero eraser is !! Looking forward to finding time now to learn to colour. Thank you so much. Its been a fantastic course.

Johnny

Ireland

Melissa Ebeling

Teachings were very well thought out

I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the course, teachings were very well thought out, meditation retreat, mantra, meanings, teaching of white tara, history, drawing details, color, great course materials…. all so wonderful… I’m a seasoned artist, however art I feel is more of an infini…

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Maui, Hawaii

Teachings were very well thought out

I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the course, teachings were very well thought out, meditation retreat, mantra, meanings, teaching of white tara, history, drawing details, color, great course materials…. all so wonderful… I’m a seasoned artist, however art I feel is more of an infinite never ending learning journey…. So grateful for this wonderful class. 🙏🏻💖

Melissa Ebeling

Maui, Hawaii

Yvonne van Vliet

You have to experience it yourself!

I really enjoy the courses of Carmen. Can’t describe how peaceful and fulfilling it is, you have to experience it yourself!

You have to experience it yourself!

I really enjoy the courses of Carmen. Can’t describe how peaceful and fulfilling it is, you have to experience it yourself!

Yvonne van Vliet

Amy Bryan

So much more than ‘just’ an art class

“I had the extreme pleasure of taking three classes with Carmen Mensink this spring in NYC. I am the veteran of many fine art classes over the years, but this is the first time that I have felt compelled to write a testimonial about one. From the minute I met her, I knew Carmen was a woman fro…

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So much more than ‘just’ an art class

“I had the extreme pleasure of taking three classes with Carmen Mensink this spring in NYC. I am the veteran of many fine art classes over the years, but this is the first time that I have felt compelled to write a testimonial about one. From the minute I met her, I knew Carmen was a woman from whom I could learn something truly special and different, which is not something I say lightly. I am not easily impressed. 🙂 After taking her amulet making class, I was sufficiently curious to see what else she had on offer, and after just one lecture, I could tell that my ability to learn from her was virtually unlimited.

Carmen’s classes are so much more than “just” an art class. Her knowledge, love and reverence for the highly-symbolic, traditional Tibetan devotional art called thangka is apparent in everything she does. Along with high-level, professional instruction in traditional drawing, painting and crafting methods, students learn about the history and cultural background of the deity they are depicting, including the mantras, prayers and attributes attributed to these religious figures. Rather than creating these images in a vacuum, our work is grounded in an understanding of their significance within Tibetan Buddhism. Carmen creates a spiritual space to work in that can only be described as magical. The meditative nature of art is a focus, as is the thought that creation be rooted in intention. The art produced in such an environment feels sacred.

The amount of effort, preparation, skill and planning involved in this approach to instruction is apparent, and it’s clear that teaching is an avocation for Carmen. It is done thoughtfully, with spirit, purpose and a sincerity that stands out.

No matter the level of skill and experience a student has, everyone is made to feel welcome and special, and is treated with complete respect. At the same time, Carmen is warm, friendly, unpretentious (despite having real bona fides as a recognized expert in her field) and intelligent, and has a sense of humor, so the class is relaxed and fun. Carmen has many students who have studied with her for years, and some have artwork that they only work on while she is visiting the city. It’s a testament to the value of Carmen’s presence and technical expertise that she has such a strong following.”

Amy Bryan

Mike Adamo

Good energy!

“I’m still carrying the good energy from the course. Thank you! Also still amazed at the steps that were layed out for me to receive that energy and be surrounded by all of you. I am truly blessed!”

Good energy!

“I’m still carrying the good energy from the course. Thank you! Also still amazed at the steps that were layed out for me to receive that energy and be surrounded by all of you. I am truly blessed!”

Mike Adamo