Kurukulla, Goddess of Enchantment: Painting Workshop with Andy Weber


Lecture & Mediation on Friday night, 12 April 2024, 19:00 – 20:30 PDT followed by full-day painting workshop  Saturday & Sunday, 13 -14 April, 2024, 10:00 – 17:00 PDT.

A weekend painting workshop. Students will be guided through a traditional meditation and the meticulous step-by-step process for creating a painting in the Tibetan Thangka style.

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Friday night, 12 April 2024. 19:00 – 20:30 PDT (7:00PM – 8:30PM US Pacific Daylight Savings Time)

Saturday, 13 April 2024 & Sunday, 14 April 2024. Both Days: 10:00 – 17:00 PDT (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM US Pacific Daylight Savings Time).

A live, in-person drawing and painting workshop for the goddess Kurukulla from a master of Tibetan art. This is a rare opportunity for in-person study with a life-long practitioner and international instructor with decades of teaching experience. Mr. Weber is one of the most knowledgeable teachers of Tibetan Thangka art available to the public. It is rare for an instructor of this caliber to offer “drop-in” classes that require such a short time commitment.

This workshop is oriented toward ongoing and advanced students with prior painting experience. We strongly urge students to attend all three days.

This is a wrathful goddess and therefore respectful dharmic conduct is required. Please arrive clean and healthy – do not attend if you have flu-like symptoms (refunds will be given). Location address in the Berkeley Hills, as well as lists of suggested tools and materials, will be given after registration. Wooden chairs are provided, but we suggest you bring a cushion.

Each session begins with chanting to invoke divine guidance and protection. The Friday evening lecture explains the historical, spiritual, and artistic significance of Kurukulla’s traditional dancing form. There will also be a group mediation to receive the goddess’s blessing for the creation of her icon. During the day-time classes, students are guided through the traditional steps for drawing and painting the goddess.

Each student receives an instructional paper packet (A3 size) free with registration. This includes large pages with diagrams and drawings giving every detail of the proportions, posture, expression, and ornaments of the goddess. Students are lead through a meticulous step-by-step process for creating a stunning alchemical work of sacred art in the traditional Tibetan Thangka style.

This weekend will focus on “Mar.tang” style of painting, which means gold lines on a red background. Also called “Tsel tang“, after the red vermillion pigment used in the paintings. The weekend painting is ideal for natural pigments on watercolour paper. This workshop is also compatible with gouache paints, watercolor, acrylic paints, or digital pads). Students who are interested will also learn how to make real gold paint using water, gold leaf, and binder.

Please note that tools and materials are not provided. Please bring tools and materials for making a gouache painting on watercolor paper. Bring a packet of gold leaf (loose) to learn how to make gold paint. A detailed list of tools, pigments, and materials will be provided after registration.

All funds will go directly to the artist. Colour posters, postcards, and fine art prints of Mr. Weber’s work will also be available for purchase directly from the artist.

There will be a one-hour break for lunch starting around 13:00 during the daytime workshops. Please purchase our Kurukulla Workshop Lunch if you wish to have us provide you with a vegetarian lunch. You are also free to bring your own vegetarian lunch or go out to eat.

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