Sat, Apr 24


Saranam Retreat Center

The Art of Devotion

Join us to explore new watercolor painting techniques combined with ancient Buddhist practices to express our individual creativity. We will learn about how ancient and modern practitioners and artists use repetition as both prayer and self-expression.

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The Art of Devotion

Time & Location

Apr 24, 2021, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saranam Retreat Center, Montrose, WV 26283, USA

About The Event

First get inspired by examples 

The day will start with a look at historic images from Asia used as aids for meditation and devotion. We will also see how artists of our time have used this technique in Buddhist, as well as secular contexts.

Then it’s your turn In the second part of the workshop, we will learn fun techniques for using watercolor on Yupo—an innovative plastic surface that easily provides beautiful textures and effects. Participants will make their own repetitive image, using a natural or handmade shape.  No artistic experience is necessary, but an open mind is a must!

All materials will be provided. If you have your own watercolors and brushes, you are welcome to bring them. Please wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on.

*A NOTE about COVID: All due precautions will be taken to prevent infection:  All participants will be required to wear masks and maintain distance from other non-family participants. And if the infection rate warrants it, this event will be cancelled. If the event is cancelled, all registrants will receive notice a week before the event and all will receive a full refund.

About the leader: Claudia Giannini received her MFA from West Virginia University, with specialization in printmaking and photography and has exhibited her work widely. Her 38-year career in the museum field provided extensive experience with both historic and contemporary Asian art. She has studied Buddhism for many years, at the Bhavana Society and at Saranam with Zen teacher Bruce Harris.

Cost:  $70  (Scholarships may be available in case of need. Contact us for details.)  

Group size: A minimum of 6 people and a maximum of 10. (Don't wait: it will full up quickly! To get on our wait list, email us).

Food: Please bring your own lunch, water, and snacks.  

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    This ticket covers the tuition, materials and venue for the workshop. It does not include meals.






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