Costs and Schedule

Costs at a Glance

Non-Residential Courses at Kandi

Lower Dharamsala, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Program $US Dollar INR
One Day $33 Rs. 1,500
One Week (Mon – Fri) $145 Rs. 7,500
Two Week (Mon – Fri) $270 Rs. 14,000
Three Week (Mon – Fri) $1260 Rs. 21,000

Fees include art supplies, training, lunch, pick up and drop off facility (within Dharamsala only.)

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Residential Courses at Kandi

Lower Dharamsala, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Program $US Dollar INR
One Day $55 2,500
Weekend $180 8,100
One Week $420 1,900
Two Week $840 38,000
Three Week $1260 57,000
6 Week Intensive $2500 1,12,500
12 Week Intensive $4700 2,11,500

Fees include art supplies, training, all meals, accommodation, pick up and drop off facility (within Dharamsala only.)

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Course Information

Non-Residential Courses at Kandi

One-Day Workshop
A 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. non-residential workshop designed to introduce students to the Thangka art and includes the following:

  • Pencil sketch of the Buddha's face
  • First session 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • One hour lecture from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Lunch served from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Second session 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tea served twice during the day
  • Taxi to and from Dharamsala or McLeod Ganj

Total Cost: $33 (Rs 1500)

One-Week Course
A non-residential course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, which introduces and provides a deeper look at the Thangka art. The one-week course includes the following:

  • Pencil sketch of the Buddha's face
  • Pencil sketch of the Buddha's body without robes
  • Pencil sketch of the Buddha's body with robes
  • Pencil sketch of the landscape including mountains, clouds, rivers, flowers, trees, and offerings
  • First session 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • One hour lecture from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Lunch served 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Second session 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tea served twice a day
  • Taxi to and from Dharamsala or McLeod Ganj

Total Cost: $145 (Rs 7500)

Two-Week Course
A non-residential course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, which introduces students to both pencil sketching and, if they wish, techniques and principles of coloring Thangka art. The two-week course includes the following:

  • Week One
    • Pencil sketch of the Buddha's face
    • Pencil sketch of the Buddha's body without robes
    • Pencil sketch of the Buddha's body with robes
    • Pencil sketch of the landscape including mountains, clouds, rivers, flowers, trees, and offerings
  • Week Two
    • May repeat Week One using another deity OR
    • Learn techniques and principles of coloring
    • Learn how to mix colors
    • Learn how to shade
    • First session 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • One hour lecture from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Lunch served 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Second session 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tea served twice a day
  • Taxi to and from Dharamsala or McLeod Ganj

Total Cost: $270 (Rs 14,000)

Three-Week Course
A non-residential course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, which introduces students to both pencil sketching and coloring techniques. By the end of week three, students will have created a very simple painting themselves. On their free Sundays, students may elect either to stay at Thangde Gatsal and continue studying or to explore Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj on their own. Should he or she choose to stay at Thangde Gatsal, lunch and tea are still provided. The three-week course includes the following:

  • Week One
    • Pencil sketch of the Buddha's face
    • Pencil sketch of the Buddha's body without robes
    • Pencil sketch of the Buddha's body with robes
    • Pencil sketch of the landscape including mountains, clouds, rivers, flowers, trees, and offerings
  • Week Two
    • May repeat Week One using another deity OR
    • Learn techniques and principles of coloring
    • Learn how to mix colors
    • Learn how to shade
  • Week Three
    • Students create a simple Thangka painting
  • First session 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • One hour lecture from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Lunch served 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Second session 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tea served twice a day
  • Taxi to and from Dharamsala or McLeod Ganj

Total Cost: $1260 (Rs 21,000)

*All program costs include study materials and resources, meals, tea, wifi internet access, and taxi service to and from Dharamsala or McLeod Ganj. The conversion rate is set at approximately 45 Indian Rupees to 1 US Dollar.

Residential Courses at Kandi

One-Day Workshop
A 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. non-residential workshop designed to introduce students to the Thangka art and includes the following:

  • Pencil sketch of the Buddha's face
  • First session 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • One hour lecture from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Lunch served from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Second session 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tea served twice during the day
  • Taxi to and from Dharamsala or McLeod Ganj

Total Cost: $55 (Rs 2500)

Weekend Workshop
A residential workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, designed to introduce students to the Thangka art and includes the following:

  • Thursday: Pencil sketch of the Buddha's face
  • Friday: Pencil sketch of the Buddha's body without robes
  • Saturday: Pencil sketch of the Buddha's body with robes
  • First session 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • One hour lecture from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Lunch served 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Second session 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tea served twice a day
  • Taxi to and from Dharamsala or McLeod Ganj

Total Cost: $180 (Rs 8,100)

One-Week Course
A residential course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, which introduces and provides a deeper look at the Thangka art. The one-week course includes the following:

  • Pencil sketch of the Buddha's face
  • Pencil sketch of the Buddha's body without robes
  • Pencil sketch of the Buddha's body with robes
  • Pencil sketch of the landscape including mountains, clouds, rivers, flowers, trees, and offerings
  • First session 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • One hour lecture from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Lunch served 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Second session 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tea served twice a day
  • Taxi to and from Dharamsala or McLeod Ganj

Total Cost: $420 (Rs 19,000)

Two-Week Course
A residential course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, which introduces students to both pencil sketching and, if they wish, techniques and principles of coloring Thangka art. On their free Sunday, students may elect either to stay at Thangde Gatsal and continue studying or to explore Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj on their own. Should he or she choose to stay at Thangde Gatsal, lunch and tea are still provided. The two-week course includes the following:

  • Week One
    • Pencil sketch of the Buddha's face
    • Pencil sketch of the Buddha's body without robes
    • Pencil sketch of the Buddha's body with robes
    • Pencil sketch of the landscape including mountains, clouds, rivers, flowers, trees, and offerings
  • Week Two
    • May repeat Week One using another deity OR
    • Learn techniques and principles of coloring
    • Learn how to mix colors
    • Learn how to shade
  • First session 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • One hour lecture from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Lunch served 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Second session 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tea served twice a day
  • Taxi to and from Dharamsala or McLeod Ganj

Total Cost: $840 USD (38,000 INR)

Three-Week Course
A residential course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, which introduces students to both pencil sketching and coloring techniques. By the end of week three, students will have created a very simple painting themselves. On their free Sundays, students may elect either to stay at Thangde Gatsal and continue studying or to explore Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj on their own. Should he or she choose to stay at Thangde Gatsal, lunch and tea are still provided. The three-week course includes the following:

  • Week One
    • Pencil sketch of the Buddha's face
    • Pencil sketch of the Buddha's body without robes
    • Pencil sketch of the Buddha's body with robes
    • Pencil sketch of the landscape including mountains, clouds, rivers, flowers, trees, and offerings
  • Week Two
    • May repeat Week One using another deity OR
    • Learn techniques and principles of coloring
    • Learn how to mix colors
    • Learn how to shade
  • Week Three
    • Students create a simple Thangka painting
  • First session 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • One hour lecture from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Lunch served 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Second session 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tea served twice a day
  • Taxi to and from Dharamsala or McLeod Ganj

Total Cost: $1260 USD (57,000 INR)

*All program costs include study materials and resources, meals, tea, accommodation, wifi internet access, and taxi service to and from Dharamsala or McLeod Ganj. The conversion rate is set at approximately 45 Indian Rupees to 1 U.S. Dollar.

Six-Week Residential Course at Kandi
The six-week Study Abroad Program in Thangka Painting is an intensive condensed course that allows students the opportunity to experience the skills and methods of Thangka Painting.

The students will begin their training by learning to sketch the Buddhist subject of their choice. They will receive instruction on how to stretch and prepare a thangka canvas before learning how to transfer their sketch onto the canvas. They then begin to explore the many techniques employed by artists to apply the mineral pigments. The six week course will conclude with instruction on how to work with pure gold pigments and students will apply the finishing touches to their artwork.

Program Dates Application for the six-week Study Abroad Program is held on a rolling basis. While there is no deadline, students are encouraged apply well in advance as space is limited and competition is high.

The classes will be given in English and students will have the unique opportunity to live beneath the studio in a comfortable room reserved exclusively for the student as they begin to explore the intricate work that goes into the traditional Tibetan art form. The students will begin their training by learning to sketch the Buddhist subject of their choice. After they will receive instruction on how to stretch and prepare a thangka canvas before learning how to transfer their sketch onto the canvas. They then begin to explore the many techniques employed by artists to apply the mineral pigments. The month will conclude with instruction on how to work with pure gold pigments and students will apply the finishing touches to their artwork. This program is a window into the world of thangka painting and offers the student an matchless opportunity to develop their artistic eye in a peaceful and constructive environment.

Twelve-Week Course
The twelve-week Study Abroad Program in Thangka Painting is designed to suit the academic needs of students on semester and quarter-based schedules, and includes the following:

  1. Instruction in thangka drawing, focused on study of traditional proportions, forms, and iconography.
  2. Instruction in thangka painting, including preparation of a painting canvas, use of traditional mineral pigments, and shading and rendering techniques.
  3. Independent study in Art History of thangka painting, using Thangde Gatsal's excellent library and online resources. Students may choose topics related to the iconography and history of deities or figures they depict in their own thangka painting.

Intensive studio art classes meet 4-6 hours per day, and students are expected to work 1-2 hours per day on their chosen independent study research project in Art History. At the end of their study abroad session, students will have created a body of study drawings, a complete traditional thangka painting, and a research paper in Art History.

Fall Program: August 20th – November 10th Application Deadline: June 15th
Spring Program: January 20th – April 20th Application Deadline: November 15th
Summer Program: May 17th – August 17th Application Deadline: February 15th