What does a Thangka Course look like?
An 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. So the online course actually contains more than an onsite course, and you will get much more time for it! A 3 day onsite course is translated in a 30 day online course (where you can rewatch the instructions and explanations as much as you like). es, traditionally in Tibet, everybody who starts with thangka art starts with the Buddha face course (also if you do have an art background, this is a different way of drawing), before moving on to a complete Buddha.
Why do beginner thangka art students need to start with the Buddha Face course before they can draw a complete 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 complete 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 complete Buddha (such as 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).
Different Student Levels
Beginner Thangka Art Student
Basically anyone who is new to my thangka art courses.
A Thangka Beginner may have or have not any previous drawing experience. If you have little to no drawing experience it's most suitable to start with the Buddha Face and draw the Medicine Buddha next, before moving on to drawing more complex Buddhas (like White Tara).
Beginner thangka students with (some) drawing experience start with the Buddha Face as well, and can choose for the Medicine Buddha or White Tara after that.
Intermediate Thangka Art Student
Basically anyone who is in between the beginner level (has drawn Buddha Face + at least one complete Buddha) and advanced level (many years of studying with Carmen), so this intermediate level includes thangka students that are at many different stages.
The Intermediate thangka student can choose any course he sees fit.
Advanced Thangka Art Student
All students that have been studying with Carmen for many years (you know who you are!)
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 Medicine Buddha and White Tara, the average thangka student will take 3 to 4 days to complete this course with all its lectures and modules and draw the Buddha simply in black & white.
Depending on your preference your drawing can be further worked out (of course also after the course time is up) by using shading and/or colouring techniques -check out the Colouring Techniques course!