TP01: “The Old Way” of Tanjore Painting – 4 week online course, Part 1

  • Categories Tanjore Painting
  • Duration 20h
  • Total Enrolled 17
  • Last Update May 13, 2021


TP01: “The Old Way” of Tanjore Painting – 4-week online course, Part 1

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The Old Way” of Tanjore Painting is one of the very few courses available that still use natural ingredients like tamarind, clay, chukka kallu and other long-lasting natural ingredients and process followed some 400 years ago. It takes back the students to the old ways, from preparing the board to creating beautiful Tanjore paintings. [Students can order the materials, TK01 Tanjore painting kit directly from from the platform]

Students can interact with other students and guru during the course using an online forum.

The entire course is structured in a way that allows students to learn step by step, at their own pace during the week. Students should expect to commit a minimum of 5 hours per week to complete the course.

Tanjore Painting takes its origin from the murals of the Vijayanagara Period (1500-1600 AD), acquired its rich and vibrant colours during this period. Maratha rule in the next two centuries (1600 AD -1800 AD) brought a distinctive style change to Tanjore paintings with the use of Gold, gems and precious stones.

Tanjore painting, “the old way” has this distinctive richness that is not seen in other paintings. One of the very few styles of paintings that you can pass it on to many generations to come and the value appreciates as it gets older.

What Will I Learn?

  • The student will have a good understanding of Tanjore paintings
  • You will learn how to create beautiful Tanjore paintings using traditional methods.
  • Tanjore paintings are always in high demand by art collectors, an opportunity to generate income for yourself

Topics for this course

35 Lessons20h

Step 1: Skill Assessment (Pre-workshop)?

Its very important to understand the skill level of the student, so that the Guru can provide the best coaching and guidance to students. As part of this process, we expect all registered students to sketch and paint a reference painting. Based on the submission, guru can make necessary adjustments to the course speed and contents
Skill Assessment
Assignment #1

Step 2: Introduction to Tanjore Painting (PRE-WORKSHOP)?

This section will cover the history of Tanjore painting The eight steps to making of Tanjore Painting

Step 3: Stage 1, Preparing Tanjore Painting Board [Week 1]?

Now we move to the actual process of creating Tanjore paintings. We will be using the ancient method to create the board.

Step 4: Stage 2, Sketching on the board [Week 2]

Step 5: Stage 3, Fixing stones [Week 2]

Step 6: Stage 4, Clay relief work [Week 3]

Step 7: Stage 5, Detailed relief work [Week 3]

Step 8: Stage 6, gold gilding process [Week 3]

Step 9: Stage 7, Coloring [Week 4]

Step 10: Stage 8, Gold shading [Week 4]

About the instructor

5.00 (6 ratings)

4 Courses

47 students

Student Feedback


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If your looking forward to a course that is so informative, fun, and interesting at the comfort of your home, then you are at the right place learning Tanjore painting , the traditional way with Senthil uncle. Having an experience of about 29 years uncle taught us how exactly the painting was done a few hundred years ago. Though an online course, I just felt like uncle was there beside guiding me for each step.
Firstly, on enrolling for the course, the materials needed for the course were shipped within 5 days and a list of materials needed was given to us 2 weeks prior to the class so we had ample time to get materials. Secondly, During every class, uncle elaborated on the procedure and explained why it was done that way. Clear instructions and a video demonstrating the exact step made it very easy to follow. Sufficient time was given for the assignments to be completed. Uncle was always available on Whatsapp to help me out with any doubts. The comments and grades given by uncle for our assignments motivated us to give our best. Finally, uncle made us feel like "Who said Tanjore painting was difficult?". My painting turned out so beautiful with uncle's suggestions and my friends couldn't believe that it was my first painting!
Thank you so much Senthil uncle and my best wishes to you, always!

Challenging but fun to learn this unique form of art!

Very exciting and easy to understand. Really loved learning this new art form!

Easy to understand and enjoyable

Challenging and fun.

Well structured and presented


Material Includes

  • Digital contents
  • Weekly coaching sessions (video conference)
  • Course completion certificate

Enrolment validity: 150 days


  • Basic sketching and painting skills
  • Materials for the Tanjore paintings (not supplied - needs to be purchased separately)
  • A lot of patience and commitment

Target Audience

  • Anyone who wants to learn one of the richest forms of Indian Folk Art.