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Indian Miniature Painting

Three day workshops in Indian Miniature painting taught by Samantha Buckley

 

 

These  3 day inspirational workshops, based in the idyllic location of Moor and Sea Holidays on Exmoor, will introduce students to the beautiful technique of Indian miniature painting.

 

Taking inspiration from the surrounding landscape and the Mughal art of capturing nature, students will have the opportunity to create their own unique painting.

The first step will be paper preparation, staining and burnishing.

Next is an introduction to pigments, how to prepare the Indian palette and paint with them, using the traditional technique of 

colour flooding.

The final stage will be to create the fine detail, an integral part of this style. For this, students will use the technique known as Prataj, or invisible shading, with the unique squirrel brush found only in India.

 

During the 3 days their will also be an opportunity to explore the surrounding area for inspiration.

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beautiful paints used in Indian Miniature Painting

Indian Miniature Painting Birds

Course Dates

January 26th - 28th 2024

Course Price 

£240   All materials, lunch each day and refreshments are included

 

Accommodation at Moor and Sea Holidays

20% discount for guests on the course for stays of 3 nights or more

Student's Indian Miniature Bird Painting at Moor and Sea Holidaysbird
Samantha Buckley teaching how to make paints for Indian Miniature using raw pigments

Indian Miniature Painting Trees

Course Dates

April 26th -28th 2024

Course Price 

£240   All materials, lunch each day and refreshments are included

 

Accommodation at Moor and Sea Holidays

20% discount for guests on the course for stays of three nights or more

Student's Indian Miniature Bird Painting at Moor and Sea Holidays
Indian miniature painting with Samantha Buckley at Moor and Sea Holidays

Indian Miniature Painting Flowers

Course Dates

 

September 13th - 15th 2024

Course Price 

£240   All materials, lunch each day and refreshments are included

 

Accommodation at Moor and Sea Holidays

20% discount for guests on the course for stays of three nights or more

Indian miniature painting with Samantha Buckley at Moor and Sea Holidays
Indian Miniature Painting

A bit more about
Indian Miniature Painting

A common misconception is that these are small paintings. On our course you will paint aone about A4 in size but they can be huge! The miniature description comes from the fine detail added at the end of the process.

One of the most prominent characteristics of this art form is the use of bright, vivid colours. The colours used in Indian Miniature Paintings are made from natural materials like crushed minerals such as stone dust, real gold dust, real silver dust. and plant extracts. When applied in thin layers they create a translucent effect on paper which is also specially polished with stone to create a smooth, non-porous surface. This technique gives the paintings a luminous quality and depth that is truly mesmerising.

Another characteristic of Indian Miniature Painting is its intricate detailing. The paintings are created using fine brushes made from squirrel hair and delicate strokes, which are used to create elaborate patterns and designs. The combination of delicate brushwork, vibrant hues, and graceful forms, ensures each miniature artwork is a masterpiece of fine detail, capturing even the tiniest features of the depicted characters. This level of detailing is what sets them apart from other forms of Indian art.

Indian Miniature Painting is also known for its storytelling. Many of the paintings depict scenes from Indian mythology, culture, history, and daily life. The paintings often depict weddings, festivals, and street scenes. They also incorporate traditional Indian motifs, such as lotus flowers, peacocks, and elephants. The paintings are often accompanied by a narrative that explains the story being depicted.

From afar, Indian Miniature Paintings are strikingly beautiful. However, upon closer inspection, they reveal a world of intricacy and storytelling captured in meticulous detail. This art form serves as a vibrant chronicle of India’s history, scriptures, and daily life throughout the ages.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT OUR ART COURSES

I have just spent the most enjoyable and productive 3 day weekend attending an art course on Indian Minature Art at M&S holidays, with artist/teacher Samantha Buckley. Thank you Bridget & Richard for going to so much trouble to make me feel welcome. Your fabulously gooey cakes and dreamy homemade soups were truly memorable.

Phillipa Young, Lynmouth

Great venue for a residential art course in Indian Miniature Painting being hosted here. Stylish and comfortable accommodation, friendly hosts who provided the tastiest lunches and snacks, and brilliant tuition too. Just perfect!

Amanda Smith, Georgeham

What a fantastic place! This was the first art course I've ever done and everyone was so welcoming and encouraging, as well as even learning to make your own paints. Combined with delicious homemade lunches and snacks with a stunning view over the Exmoor hills, I'll definitely be back.

Ruth Rawcliffe, Lynton

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