Land of the Thunderdragon

We  take artistic inspiration from some beautiful areas of Bhutan.  During the four days you can expect to feel the mountain air as we learn about... Read more

VIRTUAL Bhutan £140pp
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Date
18 Jan - 21 Jan 2022


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Location(s)
Bhutan
VIRTUAL / Bhutan


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Tour content
Himalayan mountains and monasteries


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Tutor(s)
Mary-Anne Bartlett

Join Mary-Anne Bartlett for artistic inspiration in Bhutan as we paint high mountain villages, monasteries and the every day life of the happiest of people

We  take artistic inspiration from some beautiful areas of Bhutan.  During the four days you can expect to feel the mountain air as we learn about the country though talks and sketchbooks.  We travel as artists, learning from the devout and fun-loving mountain people, taking note of the artistic influences and the points of interest through our sketchbooks and paintings.  We will also learn about artist’s techniques, not only how to sketch quickly out in the field, and how to translate sketches and photos into studio paintings.

Mary-Anne’s love of this country is deeply in her core, and she will take you to paint up on the high passes and the villages, monasteries and even at Tigers Nest.  Bhutan is a country of prayer flags, history and culture, where the animal and spirit kingdom sit comfortably with the modern day.

Bhutan is a small Himalayan Kingdom where compassion is more important than capitalism and well-being is measured alongside productivity.  We immerse ourselves in this deeply Buddhist land steeped in history, where traditional culture, myths and legends thrive.

Spend four days sketching the floating landscapes of the Himalaya with us on Zoom.

With art demonstrations, interaction and tales from Bhutan, Mary-Anne will show you how she uses Chinese brushes to help her with wet in wet techniques that help the sense of floating landscapes.  She will give talks about artists and their artwork that can influence your own approach.

In between your painting sessions Mary-Anne will give you exercises and homework to help your technique develop further.

We will also give you some tasty local recipes to experiment with between your painting sessions, for those who’d like to immerse themselves in the culture as well as the art.

Learning via Zoom is highly concentrated and productive.  It allows you to delve into technique and imagination.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

All sessions start at 2pm GMT

Day 1: Meet Mary-Anne and the Art Safari team on Zoom for three hours of art demonstration and tuition time, which includes perspective, tonal variation and wet in wet techniques in water colour and in ink as she paints a demonstration painting of Tiger’s Nest. Mary-Anne will give a slide talk on Bhutan, its GNH (gross national happiness) its amazing culture, chili peppers, whiskey, ema dhatsi, buckwheat, its monasteries and dzongs.  She will also talk about landscape painting in mountains and how the clarity of the air in this mountain kingdom influences us. 

Mary-Anne will also show examples of her own sketches from her Art Safari tours in Bhutan.

You will have the option to paint from a variety of images to suit your taste from a library of photos you will receive as part of the course package.

You have time in between session to complete your work and submit images of your paintings for feedback on our private Facebook group or by email.

Day 2: We meet again the following afternoon to tackle a second painting through the same process. Tuition will comprise of a second talk, following by art demos.

Day 3: The third day is free for you to paint all day.  During this time you are welcome to be in touch for extra guidance.

Day 4: We hold a final shorter meeting (around two hours) to review and share your work and insights from the course.

The workshop will be recorded so you will be able to watch the video online afterwards.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • A laptop, Macbook, PC, iPad or tablet
  • An assortment of paint brushes, suitable for your medium in different shapes and sizes

Mary-Anne will work in watercolour and also ink but you may use any medium – she often works with a simple, ‘double primary’ palette comprised of Cadmium Lemon yellow, Cadmium Yellow Golden, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt and Cerulean Blue. This course isn’t specifically about colour, so just use colours you are familiar with and those you already have.

  • Watercolour paper, canvas or canvas boards, up to A2 size or 16 x 20” you will need at least 4.
  • Cartridge paper, up to A2 size or 16 x 20” you will need at least 10.
  • Sketchbook/notebook and pen (there’s LOTS of ideas and stuff to write down!)
  • Kitchen towel
  • Easel/table easel or other means of holding your canvas/paper at an angle (watercolour) / vertically (oil)
  • Paint palette
  • Jars for water or solvent (if you use it)

Itinerary

Day 114:00 GMT: 3 hour live Zoom - tutorials, talks and tea
Day 214:00 GMT: 3 hour live Zoom - tutorials, talks and tea
Day 3Time to develop your painting
Day 414:00 GMT: 2 hour live Zoom - critiques, demos and tea
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VIRTUAL TOUR COST:

This virtual Bhutan painting tour costs £140pp

ZOOM:

The joining point for your Bhutan tour is wherever you have internet and feel ready and comfortable to paint.

OUR PRICE INCLUDES:

All online Zoom tuition, copious resource material and ideas, recipes and email contact.

OUR PRICES EXCLUDE:

Art materials, internet access, personal expenses.

Any questions, please ring us on 01394 382235 or info@artsafari.co.uk

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