The Sacred Art - Learn and Paint your own Thangka

Event Date: 
April 8, 2015 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Would you like to learn how to paint your own Thangka?

An Evening Introduction to Tibetan Thangka Painting

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn how to create Tibetan sacred art - the Thangka. Our special guest is Thangkha painter Kristel Tenzin Dolma Ouwehand
To create a thangka from start to finish can take anywhere from months to years, depending on size and complexity, including the process of grinding paints and stretching the canvas. In this workshop, we will work on pre-made canvases, but will have an opportunity to work on the creation of a smaller sample canvas, in order to see and experience the actual process involved.
The Tibetan Artists’ Development Society is part of an important, grass-roots conservation effort. An art school and forum for artistic exchange, its mission is to preserve the ethics and tradition of inherited learning that lies at the heart of Tibetan Buddhist thangka painting and support the continued development of this vibrant cultural and artistic legacy as a contemporary art form for future generations.

Founder of this unique thangka school and forum for artistic exchange, Kristel (Tenzin Dolma) Ouwehand grew up in a family of artists in Hamilton, Ontario. She left home at 17, eventually going on to travel to over 40 countries in search of different art styles and experiences. What was supposed to be a 6 month sojourn in India en route to the rest of Asia, turned into a life's passion for Tibetan art and a deep respect for its culture. She spent 10 years as the sole female in Drepung Gomang monastery (Mundgod, India) learning the sacred arts of butter sculpture, sand mandala, mask making and thangka. Since 2007, Tenzin Dolma has been living in the Tibetan areas of western China, where she studied with several artists, including Gen Denga from Lhasa and Gen Samten from Labrang. In 2011, she organized the first thangka artists' conference in Xining, followed by another in Chengdu in 2013. The first cohort of students from the school will be graduating this year.
*All proceeds benefit the Tibetan Artists Development Society - recommended donation $40.00 - $60.00
Please let us know you are coming - art materials will be included - maximum 10 people.
(905)-296-3728 or


Mind Break Studio
501 Templemead Drive
Hamilton, ON
Phone: (905)-296-3728