Sunapati Thanka Painting School

Sunapati Thanka Painting School, Changunarayan: Hours, Address, Sunapati Thanka Painting School Reviews: 5/5

Sunapati Thanka Painting School

Sunapati Thanka Painting School
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Jhaukhel, Nepal18 contributions
Thanka paintings from changunarayan..
Apr 2019 • Friends
Sunapati Thangka School hosts a team of artists specialized in Tibetan Thangka paintings, Newari Paubha, Buddhist and Hindu Mandalas and traditional Himalayan masks.
Written 5 April 2019
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Pat
Singapore3 contributions
Great place to learn thangka painting
Jan 2019 • Solo
I spent about 3 weeks at Changu Narayan and learnt about thangka painting at their thangka shop. Sanjay and Karmal were very nice and friendly. Sanjay was my main teacher and he was very patient in teaching me how to draw and paint the buddha image. He gave me many suggestions how i could draw and paint better. I spent many hours every day sitting in the shop painting. It was a small, but cozy place.  My legs often cramped up after sitting on the floor for too long. I always look forward to break time as Sanjay or Karmal would always bring us tea and cakes.

It's a pity the original building for students to learn thangka painting was destroyed by the 2015 earthquake. They didn't rebuild that house, so they are using a smaller place nearby. I have a few suggestions: it would be nicer if there is a bigger, comfortable place to work in as it gets cramp if there are more students painting at the same time; and it would also be good to have some chairs and tables for students who cannot sit on the floor to draw.

I met another student there and we both learnt how to make the thangka canvas. It was really hard work preparing the canvas, especially the part to smoothen the surface with a rock. I learnt to appreciate the art of thangka painting much more, after this wonderful experience.

Thankyou Sanjay, Karmal and everyone else at Sunapati Thangka painting school for this wonderful experience.
Written 30 January 2019
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VirtualWave
Belgium2 contributions
Great painting shop and school
Mar 2017 • Solo
Kamal and Sanjay are both very friendly. I definitely recommend going there if you are looking to buy a thangka painting or if you'd like to take some classes.
Written 7 March 2017
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Jan C
55 contributions
Beautiful art work
Jan 2017 • Solo
This school has some amazing master artists and students. It takes many days to complete a small piece of thangka art. All created on cotton material that is prepared in a special way. Well worth a visit.
Written 16 January 2017
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Jeff S
Canada29 contributions
Be a Thanka Master!
Apr 2016 • Couples
Thanka is a traditional Nepalese painting style. Sure, you could buy a beautiful one for not very much money in any number of galleries in the valley or Pokhara, but why not learn it yourself?

My wife and I had SOO much fun sitting cross-legged in a little room on the main walkway heading up to the temple, trying our hand at it. We were put in with the students who have been doing this for years, and we were the highlight of their day as they were of ours. They were so good at it and we sucked so bad, but all was fun and I am convinced you can never truly appreciate someone else's skill until you give it a try yourself.

No painting skill is necessary - we have zero - but of course if you are an experienced painter you will do much better at it. Still, at the end of 4 hours we each had small canvases that only need the detailing.

Such a totally different way to connect with Nepal, by sitting in the workshop with the locals looking out at the tourists, instead of just walking by.

One benefit I did not figure out until I was back in Thamel: Now every time someone tells me to come to his Thanka gallery I can say with far too much pride "_I_ am a Thanka master." To which they inevitably ask how long I studied and then short circuit and leave when I proudly tell them "4 hours". It take them over a decade to become a true master so I must just be gifted :)

Might be okay for older kids, but it is time consuming, finicky work so I would think young kids would get bored and go play with the cats.

We were staying in Nagarkot, so took the bus to Telkot and then walked for 40 minutes to Changunarayan
Written 15 June 2016
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