Dates: 21/08/2017 - 02/09/2017
Mode of Delivery: Onsite
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Transcedental Art Seminar is biennial program. This is an intensive art seminar: to get a complete experience of art and to produce a painting. The students will delve into the practical points of executing a painting, and then using those tools to paint and express our devotional vision. All levels of advancement are welcome.
The morning classes: studying the figure, life drawing from a model, color, oil painting procedure, portrait painting, painting from life, composition, values, landscape, painting the landscape from nature, principles of transcendental figures, and the study of cloth, tone, and values.
The afternoon classes: developing and creating original transcendental painting. The instructors will be painting alongside their students, so everyone can observe the process. Personal instruction will be given to students to guide and develop their artistic abilities.
- Temple ashram (room with two beds, shared toilet): €170 per person
- College building (single room with shared toilet – for ladies only): €200
- College building studio (possibility for couples): €300
Temple kitchen (three meals daily): €170
Fee for the course is: €444
The students should bring their own: (1) brushes, (2) drawing pad, (3) pencils, and (4) tracing paper pad.
We will provide: (1) paints, (2) canvas, (3) turpentine, and (4) chairs and small plastic tables to put supplies on.
- Dhrti Dasi (Miriam Briks) graduated from the School of Art & Design in New York and also studied at L’Academia di belle arti di Siena, the Art Students League and Art League (under Irwin Greenberg and Max Ginsburg) in New York, and the Fechin Institute (under David Lefel) in Taos. She painted in the BBT art department from 1975-86 and received instructions on painting from Srila Prabhupada. She painted with the original core group of BBT artists: Jadurani dasi, Pariksit Dasa, and Murlidhar Dasa. Her paintings are included in the Srimad Bhagavatam, Bhagavad-gita, Nectar of Devotion, Caitanya-caritamrita, and Krsna book. She was the BBT’s co-art director in Europe between 1980 and 1986. She is a member of Portrait Painters of America and Oil Painters of America.
Exhibits in Galleries: Simic Gallery, Beverly Hills, 1988; Carmel and La Jolla, CA, 1989 and 1990, respectively; Summerfield Fine Arts, Aspen, 1990-99; Salmagundi in New York; Howard Manderville in Washington, DC, 1991 (group show: 1992, 1993,1995); Fox Theater, 2003; Dassin Gallery, Los Angeles, 1987-2007; Masterpiece Gallery, Carmel, CA, 1995-2000; Trees Place in Cape Cod (group exhibit), 2000-08; Pasadena Art Museum, 2005; Canyon Road Fine Arts in Santa Fe, 2005-08.
Ram Das Abhiram Dasa (Kevin Yee ) has a BA from the University of Fullerton in California. He studied at L’Academia di belle arti di Siena, the Art Students League and the Art League (under Max Ginsburg) in New York, and the Fechin Institute (under David Lefel) in Taos. He painted in the BBT art department from 1975-86 and received instructions on painting from Srila Prabhupada. He painted with the original core group of BBT artists: Jadurani dasi, Pariksit Dasa, and Murlidhar Dasa. His paintings are included in the Srimad Bhagavatam, Bhagavad-gita, Nectar of Devotion, Caitanya-caritamrita, and Krsna book. He was the BBT’s co-art director, along with his wife, Dhrti Dasi, in Europe between 1980 and 1986, when they were based in Italy.
Exhibits in Galleries: Simic Gallery, Beverly Hills, 1988; Carmel and La Jolla, CA, 1989 and 1990, respectively; Summerfield Fine Arts, Aspen, 1990-99; Fox Theater, 2003; Dassin Gallery, Los Angeles, 1987; Masterpiece Gallery, Carmel, CA, 1995-2000; Pasadena Art Museum, 2005.
Leelah, who came from Israel for the seminar, found it great for her artistic development. The course “brings out a lot of emotion, good and bad” she said. “It makes you feel like you need to appreciate yourself and your own work more and not compare yourself with others. Still, it is challenging to see other people’s work. It makes you want to do better.” “The teachers were fantastic, the location beautiful, and the seminar was great,” said Sarasvati (from Los Angeles, USA). Sylvie, a professional French artist, found the seminar invaluable: “The seminar is complete,” she said. “It is intense, and the ambience is nice because we paint in a happy spirit. We learn to draw and do composition. It is a good mediation on Krishna. Ram Das and Dhrti were good teachers and offered us nice association.” Parth (Boise, USA) said, “Everything, including accommodations, food, hospitality, and transport occurred smoothly. I was never inconvenienced. Everyone at the art seminar and in the college was friendly and helpful. There is a big emphasis on individual work and drawing and painting from nature, as opposed to doing copy work. We had many patient models and access to good landscapes. This class was a wonderful experience, and I’m really happy I attended. Invaluable! I learned a great deal. The teachers were not only a great inspiration but kind people.” Vrndavana, a new Bachelor of Education student from Dublin, Ireland, found the seminar “challenging and inspiring,” and was pleased that it made her “want to work harder.” For her the variety of classes was well chosen and necessary, interesting, challenging, tiring, and inspiring! “You should try this! Impressive and intense,” said Gurupadma, an artist and disciple of Srila Prabhupada who lives in Maastricht, the Netherlands. “All I can say,” said Krishen Kanadia (from London, UK), “is that the experience was very sacred, something to treasure. To meet the devotees who had preached to me through their artwork felt surreal, and they were supportive. A rich, fulfilling, inspiring experience. And a great way to meet other artists involved in Krishna consciousness. This is no exaggeration: these two weeks have been one of the biggest highlights of my spiritual life. The teachers showed us how to meditate on Krishna all the time in developing our paintings.” Bergita (from Croatia) said, “A useful and interesting seminar by amazing teachers in an inspiring environment. This class has been helpful and amazing. We were inspired not only about painting and art but about life and the Hare Krishna culture.” Anandini (from the Netherlands) said, “The facilitators were friendly, supportive and Krishna conscious. We learned profound painting techniques in only two weeks. The paintings by the students were amazing.” “The teachers were excellent and very helpful. They really went out of their way to assist us all, according to our needs and artistic levels,” Anasuya (from Melbourne, Australia) said. “It was especially wonderful when Ram Das and Dhrti spent an afternoon telling us how to communicate Krishna consciousness thru art.” “An intense, exciting course, wherein one can find the theory of drawing and painting along with ways to practice it,” said Svetlana (from Russia). “I really appreciated the teachers’ methods of teaching. They were patient and kind. It was important what they taught, because it’s what Srila Prabhupada wanted from artists,” said Amritavani (from Radhadesh, Belgium).
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