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Art Making

Art making classes at the Rubin Museum provide participants with opportunities to deeply reflect on Himalayan art through artistic expression, while developing individual artistic skill through different mediums. Experienced artist-instructors guide participants in small class settings that take place after hours in museum galleries and designated art studio spaces.

Mind/Body Balance through Art
A weekend of creative exploration
with Carmen Mensink
July 11-13

Amsterdam-based artist and thangka painter Carmen Mensink will lead three workshops inspired by themes found in the exhibition Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine. Each session will include an in-depth discussion and sketching in the galleries, followed by an art-making session.

Medicine Buddha
Friday, July 11, 6:30-9:30 pm


Through a gallery tour participants will be introduced to the sacred images and mantras of the Medicine Buddha, foundational to the Tibetan medical system. The tour will illuminate themes of peace, insight, and wellness associated with the Buddha. Participants also will learn how to draw and color important symbols attributed to the Medicine Buddha, such as his begging bowl and the Myrobalan fruit.

No previous art making experience necessary. 

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Diagnostic Tree
Saturday, July 12, 1:30-5:30 pm


The workshop begins with a tour of the Diagnostic Tree with Tashi Chodron, Rubin Museum Guide, exploring how the symbol of the tree provides a map for health and healing in the Tibetan Medical tradition. The workshop includes a discussion of medical plants and ways they are used for healing, as well as instruction on how to draw them.

No previous art making experience necessary. 

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Healing and Protective Amulets
Sunday, July 13, 10:00 am-1:00 pm


This workshop begins with a discussion of Tibetan amulets within the Tibetan Medicinal system, followed by a gallery tour focusing on Tibetan Medicine and how it relates to Astrology. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the three forces that govern the human body, wind, bile, and phlegm, and ways to balance these forces within their lives. The workshop will conclude with participants creating customized amulets to encourage long life, good health, and protection.


No previous art making experience necessary.  


All Three Sessions
$50 special Members price for all three workshops!

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No experience necessary. All materials included. Registration is required, as space is limited.

About the Speaker

Carmen Mensink, a graduate of The Hague Royal Academy of Arts, is a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism who has studied thangka painting extensively with Andy Weber, a master thangka painter. Carmen has taught courses dedicated to the art of thangka painting in Europe and the United States for the past fifteen years.

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Cancellation Policy

Requests for cancellation made at least one week prior to the first class will be refunded for the full amount. Requests made within one week and prior to 48 hours before the first class will be refunded for ½ of the total amount paid. Requests made within 48 hours of the first class will not be refunded.


Auspicious Stitches

Mondays, On-going
12 - 2 p.m.

Auspicious Stitches is a weekly workshop for adults that works on individual and collaborative projects using embroidery, appliqué, and other fiber arts inspired by the RMA collection. Learn More