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The videos on all online courses now offer subtitles in English, Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish and French.
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Upcoming Online Thangka Art Courses

Choose if you want to start immediately or on a specific date:

Start Your Thangka Journey Now:

The following courses can be started any time and are immediately available for you after purchase:


BUDDHA FACE | Start at time of purchase

Learn to draw the Face of the Buddha according to the Tibetan Thangka Tradition. This is where your thangka art journey starts. For people with and without drawing experience. Personal guidance. This course is also the requirement for follow-up courses such as The Buddha (Shakyamuni), and Medicine Buddha.

Start Your Course(s) on a Specific Date:

The following courses are offered on specific dates, joined by students from all over the world:


THE BUDDHA | Feb 10 (Losar!)-Apr 14, 2024

Shakyamuni, the Historical Buddha of our time | FULL

An in-depth thangka course on drawing The Buddha (Shakyamuni). Limited amount of students and unlimited personal guidance.


BUDDHA FACE | Apr 26-May 5, 2024 | Register Now

Learn to draw the Face of the Buddha according to the Tibetan Thangka Tradition.
This course is also the requirement for follow-up courses like The Buddha and the Medicine Buddha:


MEDICINE BUDDHA | May 11-July 14, 2024 | Register Now

An in-depth thangka art course on the Buddha of Healing. Limited amount of students and unlimited personal guidance.
Grids/handouts will be shipped to you.

Save Money & Learn More by bundling courses

Bundle with the Buddha Face course (prerequisite) included:

Bundle for those who have taken the Buddha Face course with Carmen before:


WHITE TARA | Second half of 2024

Learn everything about the female Buddha of Longevity, and learn how to draw her according to the Tibetan Thangka Tradition.
The grids and handouts needed for this course will be shipped to you beforehand.


EIGHT AUSPICIOUS SYMBOLS | End of 2024 - Beginning of 2025

An in-depth 10 week thangka course on Tibet's most famous symbols of prosperity, that will bring you into the new year full of good-fortune and well-being. Each week a new module and symbol opens up to you while the previous ones stay open to catch up when needed.

Tesimonial Drawing the Buddha Face! Thangka Course
An all around great course

"I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised.

I liked how the art lessons were broken down so that I didn't feel overwhelmed.

I also enjoyed learning about the history of the Thangka, and participating in the meditations. I feel that it was an all around great course, and I'm glad that I got to participate.

I feel that the drawing video was the most useful to me. I liked how the individual lines were shown step by step on the video."

I didn't think I could draw a full Buddha

"The course felt thorough. Carmen is adept at instruction and encouragement!

I loved learning about the mantra. 

I learned a lot in my one-on-one Zoom session.

I didn’t think I could draw a full Buddha. It was a great experience. I learned a lot about thangka methods, working with pencil, and colors.

In addition, learned about the Medicine Buddha and his mantra, plants, symbolism.

Thank you Carmen!"

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!"

New dates will regularly be added, Stay informed on all future courses

Thangka Art Courses on all levels

The School for Tibetan Buddhist Art offers courses to people on all different levels, from those with no drawing experience whatsoever to advanced thangka students.
Click on the button that describes you best to view the courses that are suitable for you:

Learn about Tibetan Buddhist Art

Enjoy the engaging lectures on the symbolism and iconography of each course subject.

Create your own Tibetan Buddha

In a clear step by step process, you'll draw at your own home, on your own time and at your own pace.

Meditate & Experience

Connect with an ancient tradition as well as with yourself during the drawing process and meditations.

Meet the instructor

Carmen Mensink is the founder of the School for Tibetan Buddhist Art. She is an internationally renowned painter of thangkas, the traditional Tibetan scroll paintings of Buddhas and mandalas. 

She is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and has nearly two decades of experience in teaching this beautiful art, as well as Buddhist meditation and philosophy, at museums, universities, and Buddhist Centers around the world.

Through her courses, Thangka Talks videos, articles, and private thangka teachings, Carmen has guided thousands of people along the Buddhist Art & Dharma path.

Carmen has been featured in dozens of publications and has been teaching at places including the ones on the left.

She is also being asked to work on related Tibetan art forms, including large floor paintings of the '8 Auspicious Symbols' to welcome the Dalai Lama in the Netherlands in 2009, 2014 and 2018. For more info go to