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Pichwai Art Maestro Course

Rajaram Sharma

What I will learn?

  • Basic motifs of Pichwai – flora and fauna
  • The traditional Ek Rekha technique used by master artists
  • Intricate border designs and jewellery designs of Lord Shrinathji
  • Colour composition and shading
  • Creating a whole figure of Lord Shrinathji

About Maestro Course

Each Maestro course is an in-depth online course on traditional Indian art forms. Created in collaboration with award-winning artists and instructors, they are split into different difficulty levels, from beginner to advanced. Join this Pichwai art course and learn Indian art online with Rooftop.

Art Kits

Introducing the Pichwai painting art kit. Get access to a specially curated art workbook along with cloth canvas, tote bag, postcards, bookmarks and stickers.

pichwai painting art kit
Pichwai Maestro Art Kit

Course Curriculum

Chapter 1: Pichwai Painting Multi-Level Course

1. Introduction to Pichwai Painting

Uncover the story behind the Pichwai paintings that stand as stunning backdrops for the idol of Lord Shrinathji.

2. Introduction to Shri Rajaram Sharma

Meet National-Award artist Shri Rajaram Sharma, a master of Pichwai painting. He has been practising the Pichwai art form for more than 40 years!

3. History of the Pichwai Paintings

Listen to Rajaram Sharma ji narrate the story behind the origin of the Nathdwara Temple and its Pichwai tapestries.

4. Colours used in Pichwais

Rajaram Sharma Ji gives in-depth details about the use and preparation of natural colours of Pichwai painting.

5. History of Brushes in Pichwai Painting

Rajaram Sharma ji explains how traditional brushes for Pichwais were made.
*No animals were harmed during this shoot. We do not promote animal cruelty.

Chapter 2: Pichwai Painting Basic Course

1. Introduction to Basic Course

Welcome to the Basic Course! In this module, you will learn how to create a Lotus Pichwai painting.

2. Sketching

Create a perfectly-shaped Pichwai lotus painting by paying attention to proportions and composition. You shall begin with a basic sketch.

3. Colouring and Outlining

In this module, learn how to meticulously fill in the colours and add outlines to make your Lotus Pichwai art work more elegant.

4. Adding Details

Adding minute details and patterns gives a three-dimensional effect to the Pichwai art Lotus! Follow the master artist to enhance your artwork.

Chapter 3: Pichwai Painting Intermediate Course

1. Introduction to Intermediate Course

Welcome to the Intermediate Course! In this course, we introduce you to the motifs of a cow and a kadam tree in Pichwais.

2. Sketching

In this module, learn how to precisely sketch the kadam tree and cow Pichwai outline from the master artist.

3. Colouring

The next step is to fill in the colours. Follow Rajaram Sharma ji, as he fills in the colours uniformly, which is essential in the Pichwai works.

4. Adding Details

The addition of delicate details and intricate patterns to the kadam tree and the cow Pichwai art will give it an attractive appearance.

5. Further Detailing

The artist will guide you through the techniques of fine detailing along with elaborating on the associated cultural practices.

Chapter 4: Pichwai Painting Advanced Course

1. Introduction to Advanced Course

Welcome to the Advanced Course! Here, Rajaram Sharma ji shall guide you how to make Pichwai paintings with multiple popular folk art motifs.

2. Sketching the Face of Lord Shrinath Ji

Follow the artist as he begins this relatively complex composition with simple lines and dots to map the proportions for sketching a Pichwai Shrinathji.

3. Colouring

After filling the base colours in motifs, add cleaner and darker outlines, allowing the Pichwai painting Shrinathji artwork to become more defined.

4. Adding Outlines

After filling the base colours in motifs, add cleaner and darker outlines, allowing the Shrinathji Pichwai artwork to become more defined.

5. Adding Shadows

The technique used to create light and shadow in Shrinathji Pichwai paintings is intricate. Learn to apply them to your artworks to give them texture.

6. Further Shading

Shadows are added to Shrinathji’s face to bring life to the image of the deity. It gives a three-dimensional effect to the Shrinathji Pichwai art.

7. Final Detailing

In the last step, the ornamental details are added. The pupils are painted at the very end in Shrinathji Pichwai paintings to symbolically invoke Lord Shrinathji.

Chapter 5: Pichwai Painting Bonus Course

Part 1 – Making the Measurements

In the first part of the bonus Pichwai art course, you will:
a. learn how to take proper measurements for your Pichwai painting
b. discover the importance of accurately measuring your canvas
c. learn why drawing out a design before you begin painting is necessary
d. learn about the different tools and techniques you can use to make precise measurements.

By the end of this part of the course, you will have a solid understanding of how to properly measure and plan out your Pichwai painting.

Part 2 – Creating a Pichwai Painting Sketch

In this second part of the course, you will:
a. start sketching out your Pichwai painting design
b. learn the different techniques and tips for creating a strong sketch
c. learn about the importance of composition
d. how to create a balanced and visually pleasing design.

By the end of this part of the course, you will have a complete sketch for your Pichwai painting that you can refer to as you move forward with the painting process.

Part 3 – Adding the details

In the third part, you will:
a. add intricate details to make your Pichwai painting unique and beautiful
b. discover the different techniques and tools used to add texture, depth, and colour
c. learn about the traditional Pichwai motifs and symbols
d. how to incorporate these Pichwai art motifs into your own design

By the end of this part of the course, you will have a fully realised Pichwai painting that showcases your skill in adding intricate details to your work.

Part 4 – Refining Your Pichwai Painting Sketch

In this fourth part of the course, you will:
a. learn how to make edits to your Pichwai painting sketch
b. refine your design and make any necessary changes
c. learn about the different Pichwai painting techniques used to make adjustments to your sketch
d. how to maintain the integrity of your original design
e. learn how to identify areas that need improvement
f. make informed decisions about changes to your Pichwai art

By the end of this part of the course, you will have a finalised sketch for your Pichwai painting that you can confidently move forward with.

Part 5 – Outlining

In this fifth part of the course, you will:
a. learn about the important technique of outlining in Pichwai painting
b. discover the different tools and materials used to create clean and precise outlines
c. learn about the different styles of outlining
d. create different effects in your painting
e. learn about the significance of outlining in Pichwai painting

By the end of this part of the course, you will have a fully outlined Pichwai painting that showcases your mastery of this important technique.

Part 6 – Final Touches

In this sixth part of the course, you will:
a. learn about the important final touches that bring your Pichwai painting to life
b. discover the different techniques and tools used to add the finishing touches
c. learn how to add shading, highlighting, and depth to your painting

Part 7 – Colouring the base

In this part of the course, you will:
a. learn about the important step of colouring the base of your Pichwai painting
b. discover different techniques and tools
c. create a solid base colour for your painting which will serve as the foundation for the rest of your design

Part 8 – Colouring Shrinathji

In this part of the course, you will:
a. learn about the important step of colouring Shrinathji in Pichwai painting
b. discover different techniques and tools
c. create a solid base colour for your painting which will serve as the foundation for the rest of your design

Part 9 – Defining Shrinathji’s Features

During this section of the video, you will:
a. learn how to add defining features to a Shrinathji painting
b. create intricate details and patterns that capture the essence of Lord Srinath’s divine nature

Part 10 – Shading the features

In this part of the course, you will:
a. learn about the important technique of shading in Pichwai painting
b. discover the different techniques and tools used to create shading in order to add depth and dimension
c. learn specific techniques used to shade leaves, flowers, and other elements
d. you will also learn about the importance of proper shading in creating a realistic and visually striking painting

Part 11 – Detailing (Part 1)

In this part of the course, you will learn:
a. the important step of detailing in Pichwai painting
b. discover different techniques and tools
c. add intricate details to your painting, which will help create a visually striking and complex design

Part 11 – Detailing (Part 2)

In this part of the course, you will:
a. learn about the important step of detailing in Pichwai painting
b. build on the techniques and tools learned in Part 1
c. add even more intricate details to your painting, which help to create a visually stunning and complex design

Part 12 – Detailing (Part 3)

In this part of the course, you will:
a. delve deeper into the art of detailing in Pichwai painting.
b. build upon the techniques and skills learned in the previous parts
c. explore advanced methods to add intricate details that bring your painting to life

Part 13 Detailing (Part 4)

In this part of the course, you will:
a. refine your skills in the art of detailing in Pichwai painting
b. focus on enhancing the intricacy and precision of your artwork through advanced detailing techniques

Part 14 – Final decorations

In the concluding part, you will:
a. learn to add final decorations to give a finishing touch to your Pichwai painting
b. focus on embellishments, borders, and other decorative elements that enhance the overall presentation of your artwork

Part 15 – Base Decoration

In this part of the course, you will:
a. delve into the art of decorating the base of your Pichwai painting
b. focus on enhancing the background or base of your artwork with intricate designs and motifs that complement the overall composition.

Part 16 – Adding Borders

In this part of the course, you will:
a. learn the art of adding borders to your Pichwai painting
b. Enhance the visual appeal of your Pichwai painting and provide a finishing touch

Material Includes

  1. Brushes
    No. 000 (triple zero)
    No. 2, 4, 6, 8, 12
  2. Colours
    Poster colours – primary colours (Red, Green, Blue, Black, White)
  3. Rough cloth, water
  4. Rooftop’s exclusive Maestro Course Art Kit

About Arist

Born in Bhilwara, Rajasthan, Shri Rajaram Sharma is the foremost Pichwai artist in India. At the tender age of 13, he went to Nathdwara to get training from Shri Tulsidas under the coveted Guru Shishya Parampara.

In a career spanning over 45+ years, Shri Raja Ram Sharma has gained worldwide recognition for his intricate hand-made paintings. Along with the traditional style of Pichwai painting, Rajaram ji also has contemporaries in the painting traditions. He is credited with taking the Pichwai painting to the world stage. Continuing with the Pichwai tradition, he also trains his son, Rajat Sharma, in the art form.

Awards

  • National Merit Certificate, 2016
  • All India Award of Traditional Art, Marudhara, Kolkata (W.B.), 2010
  • All Award of Traditional Art, Ujjain, (M.P.), 2004
  • Gold Medal in Traditional Painting at All Art Exhibition, Jangaon, Warangal (A.P.), 2002
  • All India Special Award of Traditional Art, T.A.H.S., Karnataka, 2001

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