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Nepalese Paubha Painting Class in Italy

Nepalese Paubha Painting Class in Italy

Course Overview:
The Paubhā is a form of traditional sacred painting practiced in Nepal since the 6th century. The sacred Paubhā is painted as a spiritual exercise and used as a medium of veneration and meditation. During the painting process the artist becomes a medium to transform divine wisdom into visual reality, as an aid for self-realization. Painted with mineral pigments on a handmade cotton cloth (canvas) Paubhā is a unique art form where elements of Buddhism and Hinduism are harmoniously depicted. Participants to this very special course will be be given an introduction to the history, decline and the present situation of Paubha painting in Nepal. Following this, participants will prepare their canvas board before choosing a sample picture to trace onto their canvas. The tutor will demonstrate the technique of paint application and participants will paint by themselves under the guidance of the tutor. Once the colour application is finished, the participants will learn the technique of shading, gold application and burnishing techniques. By the end of the course, participants will complete a small piece of sacred Paubhā to take home with them.

Paubha Painting by Renuka Gurung(Pradhan)

Week Overview:
Participants arrive on Saturday afternoon and will be welcomed by their hosts at one of the available guesthouses (see bespoke accommodation) for dinner. The taught courses start on Sunday 10am to 1pm with a break for lunch, then an afternoon session from 3-5pm. Thursday is a free time day for relaxing or exploring the local Le Marche area.

Paubha Painting by Renuka Gurung(Pradhan)

Tutor:
Renuka learned Paubhā painting from one of the Chitrakar Masters and Vajrachārya priests of Nepāl and has established herself as one of the leading masters of traditional Paubhā painting. The Traditional method of Paubhā painting has virtually disappeared in the modern world because of commercialization of traditional arts. Renuka is working towards preservation of Paubhā painting by researching and documenting this traditional painting method as her research thesis in her PhD work at The Prince's school of Traditional Arts, London.She travells the world exhibiting her works, conducting workshops and lectures with an aim to introduce and promote Paubhā. Recently she gave presentations and workshops on Paubhā at the University of Oxford. Renuka's paintings are under various private collections in Nepāl, Russia, USA and Great Britain.