In Buddhism, the lotus symbolizes purity of the body and mind due to its ability to rise above muddy waters and bloom. Himapan lotus-leaf painting classes has made it possible to bring the beauty of the lotus into homes across the world, and for the first time the Bangkok-based workshop is offering courses in the United States at their Williamsburg art studio in The Brooklyn Art Library.

To create canvases for the classes, lotus leaves are hand-harvested in Thailand with special care taken to protect the environment and wildlife. Local artisans preserve and overlay the leaves onto material stretched over a frame, to provide a unique and captivating foundation for painting on. All classes include one canvas, paints, painting implements, varnish, and guided instruction for creating a unique and beautiful masterpiece to hang in your home.

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