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TP04: “The Old Way” of Tanjore Painting – Advanced Course

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******** [Next Batch Starts in February 2024] **********

The ultimate gift that individuals can give to themselves!

Don’t miss out on the exciting opportunity to join my upcoming Tanjore Painting workshop, set to kick off in 2024! Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just starting your creative journey, this workshop promises to be an enriching and immersive experience.

Discover the captivating South Indian ancient art form of Tanjore Painting and unleash your artistic talents under expert guidance.

My Guru: Sri Venkatesa Raja

The esteemed Shilp Guru Sri Venkatesa Raja and his family are among the rare gems preserving the traditional art of Tanjore painting. Their lineage traces back to four centuries ago when they were invited to Thanjavur by the visionary Nayak kings, specifically to cultivate this unique art form. Their continued dedication is a living testament to this rich artistic heritage.

Sri Venkatesa Raja, despite the heartbreaking loss of his father at a tender age, found guidance and mentorship in his uncle and grandfather. Their unwavering support helped him blossom into one of India’s finest Tanjore painting artists. His family’s five-generation-long dedication to this traditional art form is a testament to their love for preserving cultural heritage.

He is an esteemed recipient of numerous state and national accolades, including the distinguished Kala Mani and the highly prestigious Shilp Guru Award in 2012. Alongside his son Gopi Raja, he continues to craft breathtaking masterpieces.

In 1992, I was incredibly fortunate to be tutored in this exquisite art form by none other than Shilp Guru Sri Venkatesa Raja himself. The opportunity to observe and learn from such a grand maestro was truly an awe-inspiring experience.

Learn the same Traditional Tanjore painting, “The Old Way” has this distinctive uniqueness 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. For detailed course information, click the link

The course helps students learn and create two beautiful Tanjore paintings, (worth $750) the old way. Special traditional materials needed for the course are supplied, and other basic stationery can be purchased locally.

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 the 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 the platform]

Students can interact with other students and gurus 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 commit a minimum of 6 hours per week to complete the course.

Tanjore Painting takes its origin from the murals of the Vijayanagara Period (1500-1600 AD), which acquired its rich and vibrant colors during this period. Maratha’s 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 you can pass on to many generations to come and the value appreciates as it gets older.

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What Will You Learn?

  • The only course that teaches the old way of making Tanjore Painting
  • One to one peer coaching for students
  • Learn at your own pace, from anywhere
  • Coaching in English, Hindi, and Tamil
  • Certificate on completion
  • An excellent way to relax, eliminate stress and enjoy the experience
  • The student will own two beautiful Tanjore Paintings, worth around $500
  • 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

Course Content

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

  • Tanjore Painting – Bill of Materials (BoM)
  • Tanjore Painting: Bill of Materials Check list
  • Skill Assessment
  • Assignments #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 1]

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 4]

Step 9: Stage 7, Coloring [Week 5]

Step 10: Stage 8, Gold shading [Week 6]

Step 11* : Stage 2, Sketching on the second board [Week 7 – Second Painting]

Step 12: Stage 3, Fixing stones on the second large [Week 7]

Step 13: Stage 4, Clay relief work on the second large board [Week 8]

Step 14: Stage 5, Detailed relief work on the second board [Week 9]

Step 15: Stage 6, gold gilding process on second board [Week 10]

Step 16: Stage 7, Coloring [Week 11]

Step 17: Stage 8, Gold shading [Week 15]

Step 18: End of Workshop [Week 16]

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The course was really helpful and amazing. The best thing I liked about this course was how the teacher was there to guide me in each step of the process, and was patient with me throughout the journey, giving suggestions and correcting all mistakes. I am very grateful for have choosing this course.