Fall 2024 (date to be announced)
White Tara Thangka Art Course
In this in-depth course, you will learn how to draw this beautiful female Buddha according to the traditional Tibetan Buddhist tradition of Thangka.
White Tara (Tib.: Drolkar) is one of the main deities in the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon associated with Long Life. Her meditation practice, also included in this course, can be done to prolong your life and to overcome life-threatening obstacles such as illnesses. It is said that White Tara's seven eyes enable her to clearly 'see' all beings in the realms of existence.
An image of White Tara can be offered to someone who's ill or who you wish a long life to, or can be offered to a newly born baby to wish that this child may have a long life ahead.
Through Carmen Mensink's combination of creating art step by step, explaining the Buddha's iconography, symbolism, meditation and mantra, you will not only connect with White Tara and create a meaningful drawing, but you will gain an experience that lasts way longer than the duration of this course.
Before the course starts a package with the traditional grid proportions for drawing this Buddha will be shipped to you and during the course Carmen is fully available (through the discussion sections in this course platform and via email) to guide and support you on your drawing, bringing each student from where they are to a higher level.
You can start this course anytime within the above time frame and come back to it as much as you like in between these dates.
The average thangka student will take up to 3 days to complete this course and draw White Tara in black & white. If preferred, your drawing can be further worked out using shading or colour (check out the course bundles with the Colouring Techniques course included!). The list of art materials can be found in the Course Curriculum at the bottom of this page. More questions? Check the FAQ.