What does an online Thangka Course look like?
My online thangka course contains all the elements of my onsite thangka courses, including drawing instruction videos, guided meditation and lectures to explain the symbolism. You will be guided step by step through the process by my methodic structure.
In addition you can test your knowledge through the quizzes and enjoy the bonus materials that are provided. Through all the extras an online course actually contains more elements than an onsite course.
Also, you will get much more time for it! A three day onsite course is translated in a two to three months online course, so you can schedule it in your own time and can rewatch the instructions and explanations as often as you like.
You will be joining each course with a group of people from all over the world, and even though everybody is working in their own space, you will experience the group feeling as everyone is working on the same subject. If you like, you can talk to me and the other students within the course platform, and also upload pictures (of your artwork, your view or your cat for ex.)
Why do beginner thangka art students need to start with the Buddha Face course before they can draw a full Buddha?
The School for Tibetan Buddhist Art stays true to the thangka tradition. Traditionally in Tibet, one who started their many years of thangka training had to start with the basis; drawing the face of the Buddha (and Tibetan symbols for ex.), and build it up from there. You do not need to have any drawing experience by the way.
Our Drawing the Buddha Face! course offers you this perfect basis. You will learn what thangka is, how to work with the grid proportions, where this system comes from etc., and just in general train your hand. (..Note that we’re actually already going very fast here, in a traditional thangka training you would have to draw Buddha Faces for several months before moving on to a complete Buddha!).
After you have once taken the Buddha Face course, you can choose any course you like.
If you are a beginner thangka art student and want to learn how to draw a full Buddha I suggest you go for one of the cheaper thangka course bundles that includes the Buddha Face course.
Do I also need to start with the Buddha Face course if I already have drawing and/or painting experience?
Yes, also if you already have a background in art it is required to start with the Buddha Face. Thangka is a different way of drawing.
I suggest you go for one of the cheaper thangka course bundles that includes both the Buddha Face course and a full Buddha (such as The Buddha, Medicine Buddha or White Tara).
After you have once taken the Buddha Face course, you can choose any course you like (unless it's specifically mentioned that it's for Advanced only).
How long will it take me to complete the course?
The average time a student takes to complete a course is written in the courses description. Of course it may take you longer or shorter depending on how fast you are and how you work out your drawing. A few examples:
It takes the average student 1 day to complete the Drawing the Buddha Face! course and draw the Buddha in black & white.
For courses such as The Buddha, the Medicine Buddha and White Tara, the average thangka student will take 3 to 4 days to complete this course with all its lectures & modules and draw the Buddha simply in black & white.
After that your drawing can be further worked out if you like (of course also after the course is closed) by using shading and/or colouring techniques (check out the bundles with the Colouring Techniques Course included!)