Our Courses

At Simrik Atelier we want to instill a respect for traditional arts created in Nepal, especially Paubha.   We not only want to develop great artists, but also great thinkers and carriers of Nepali culture.  Paubha is a world heritage jewel that is over 1,000 years old.  It is the unification of spirituality and art.  We want to be sure that our students realize the value of this tradition not only as a practice but as a fine art.  During our courses we use instructional video, guest lectures, handouts and one on one teaching instruction.  We offer short- term workshops and long-term courses.  We offer instruction in three languages: Nepali, English and Japanese.

Long-term courses of Simrik Atelier progress in order so that each course level builds upon the next.    The motif, symbols, and figure drawing in the first levels are the foundation of the students’ final painting in future courses.  After a student has completed the first level of painting with tempera paints (a.k.a poster colors), they then graduate into the final level of painting and are introduced to mineral paints.  Mineral paints are unmatched in vibrancy and radiance among other paint mediums.

Each long-term course at Simrik Atelier lasts for 2 months, two classes per week.  Each class is two hours long, totaling four hours per week.  All courses can be completed within 14 months.  There are limited seats available for each class.  We have scholarships available for those that have economic hardship.  Please contact us for further information and visit our facebook page for updates, semester schedule, and registration:


  • Level 1:  This course focuses on developing basic drawing skills through learning common Buddhist/Hindu symbols, animals and motif.  We use a variety of media to teach the techniques developed by Lok Chitrakar.  The students learn the symbols and vehicles (vahanas) of the "Pancha Buddhas."  We begin with iconography of the "Pancha Buddhas" so that the students will begin to understand the basis for all mandalas.  In our motif instruction, the students learn a systematic approach to the designs which enables them to create beautiful designs for any situation without having to look at examples.
  • Level 2:  This course focuses on further developing motif with the addition of learning figure drawing.  The students learn more complicated motif patterns and perfect their skills.  The students also learn how to map out and plan a figure drawing.  The students will draw the "Pancha Buddhas."  Drawing the "Pancha Buddhas" includes learning five different mudras (hand positions).
  • Level 3:   During this course students develop a drawing of Arya Tara (Green Tara) for a final composition that combines all of the techniques learned in the first two courses.  This drawing will be done on canvas so that the student can use it for the future painting classes.  Thus, in this class students will learn how to stretch and prepare canvas.

Painting (Poster Paints)

  • Level 4: During this course the students use their drawing on canvas from Level 3 to develop into a painting.  The students learn color mixing and color theory.  The students learn paint consistency and how to apply flat color and fine lines.  During this course we view other Paubha artists' work in order to teach how different artists choose color-theme according to their concept or their personal style.
  • Level 5: During this course the students finish the painting that was started in the first level of painting.  The students learn gradation and develop fine final lines.  The final stage is finishing the figure's face.  The student should demonstrate an increase in development of skill by the end of this course.

Painting (Tempera)

  • Level 6: During this course students research a concept of their choice for their new painting with tempera paints on canvas.  Students learn how to develop their own composition, how to balance color, and how to use symbols to enhance the underlying philosophy behind the images.
  • Level 7: During the final course with Simrik Atelier, the students learn to develop self-reliance as an artist.  The student learns how to evaluate their own work.  We also expose students to primary text (sutras) as resources to guide them through planning future work.  The students work with gold paint and continue to develop painting techniques with tempera paint, such as gradation and fine lining.  Students display their completed painting in a  group exhibition.


Simrik Atelier offers workshops to people who want to organize a private group courses with a specific theme.  These courses are designed according to the groups' time limits.  Workshops allow us to offer courses to hobbyists or serious artists that want to explore a new medium or develop certain skills.  Please email us if you are interested in arranging a personalized group workshop:  

Some of our workshop themes are:

Motif Drawing

Buddhist/Hindu iconography

Making and Applying Mineral Paint

Painting (using a pre-prepared canvas with image)