Artist Tim Nelsen to Conduct Workshop on Art of Tibetan Thangkas
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Artist and teacher Tim Nelsen will present a lecture and workshop on creating the sacred art of Tibetan thangkas as part of UTEP’s ongoing Centennial celebration.
The lecture will be held Thursday, March 20 at 6pm at the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts and the workshop will be held Saturday, March 22 at 8:30am at the Fox Fine Arts Center classroom A256.
Both events are free and open to the public.
Nelsen is an artist and teacher who creates Buddhist icon paintings known as thangkas.
These paintings are common in Tibetan Buddhism and can be seen in the Buddhist temples of Bhutan.
Having studied under a variety of master artists, Nelsen lectures on the history and symbolism of the thangka art form and leads workshops to create contemporary thangka paintings.
The all-day workshop on March 22 will utilize the efforts and talents of the public to construct a traditional Tibetan thangka.
The morning session will involve drawing the proportional grid for the Buddha figure while the afternoon session will be focused on painting the thangka.
All levels of artistic expertise are welcome and materials will be provided. The finished thangka will be displayed on the UTEP campus.