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Drawing the Female Buddha Face: Thangka Art Series



In this special day workshop you will learn how to draw the face of a female Buddha (such as the face of Green Tara or White Tara). This is dome through the Tibetan Buddhist thangka tradition and therefore we will work with the traditional ‘grid measurements’ that contain the right proportions.

Besides the drawing sessions, this workshop contains a short meditation and a presentation on the symbolism of the female Buddha face. There is individual guidance and a lot of room for questions.


NOTE: If you are new to this you can also choose to draw the Buddha Face instead, which is usually the first step in thangka painting, and much easier than the female face.

The use of materials is included, but you are welcome to bring your favorite art materials as well.
Also bring some slippers or thick socks to wear.

There will be an hour lunch break so pack some food for the day!

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NOTE: The Buddha face workshop and/or this workshop offer you the perfect basis for the courses during this thangka tour where you will learn to create a complete Buddha: White Tara, Female Buddha of Longevity, May 24-26 and/or Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche), the Second Buddha, May 31-June 2 



Carmen Mensink is a painter & teacher of Tibetan Buddhist Art.

Carmen was born in The Netherlands (Zwolle, 1972) and is based in Amsterdam. After her graduation as graphic designer at the Royal Academy of Art she worked for many years in design and advertising agencies.

From an early age on Carmen was interested in Buddhism, and after she became a Buddhist practitioner, she met her thangka painter teacher, the well-known Andy Weber. Captivated by the rich tradition and detailed craftsmanship of these Tibetan Buddhist paintings she started with him her many years of training, thirteen in total.

As is tradition within a thangka lineage, the teacher points out his successor(s), and in 2003 Andy told Carmen that it now was time for her to start teaching. It was something she never saw coming but took on with much love, passion and dedication. So in the beginning, when she was still working as a graphic designer, she started offering thangka classes in Amsterdam, which slowly expanded.

From 2008 on Carmen paints and teaches the art of thangka full time and travels around the world for it -her classes and lectures can be joined in Europe, the United States and in Asia, where she and offers them at universities, museums and Buddhist centers. An overview of venues can be found here. Carmen also offers private thangka teachings as well as thangka restoration services, and she can paint your Buddha statues according to tradition.

Besides painting and teaching, some of Carmen’s other passions include traveling & photography, theatre and acting (she once played as an extra in a Bollywood movie!)

Carmen can be contacted through her contact page.