Learn to create Madhubani Art : art from a sacred land

Learn to create Madhubani art with Komal Madar. In a two hour workshop you will learn how to create a traditional form of art practiced by Hindu women for decades.

Saturday 9 October

2 – 4pm

Fee: £35 per person including materials.

Click here to book your place

Madhubani folk painting, also known as Mithila Painting, means Forest of Honey and dates back to the 7th century AD. The first people who created the art form lived in the Mithila region of the Indian subcontinent. Traditionally women in the different communities of the Mithila region created these works of art before major festivals or family celebrations. They painted the walls and floors of their houses after they had been freshly plastered with mud or cow dung. Now they also use cloth, handmade paper and canvas.

Madhubani art uses complex geometrical patterns. There are three main themes in Madhubani paintings:

  • First is Religious (Gods)
  • Second is Social (what you see in your society and community)
  • Third is Nature, (mountains, rivers, animals etc)

Madhubani art has five distinctive styles:

  • Bharni
  • Katchni
  • Godhna
  • Tantrik
  • Kohbar 

The women used colours derived from plants and other natural sources in the paintings. These colours are often bright and pigments like lampblack and ochre are used to create black and brown respectively. The women used objects like twigs, matchsticks and even their fingers to create the paintings. They covered the surface and left no space empty. They painted flowers, animals, birds, and geometric designs in the gaps.


We provide the following materials for the workshop

  • A plastic wallet or folder to take your artwork and reference sheets home
  • An exclusive/bespoke pattern training worksheet
  • Carbon paper
  • Tracing paper 
  • A paper Palette 
  • A4 Khadi handmade paper
  • A drawing template to select your pattern from 
  • A Madhubani reference sheet
  • Paints and Brushes

You are welcome to bring your own watercolour and acrylic paints and brushes, if you prefer.

Anyone can learn to create Madhubani Art, you don’t need experience. To book your place on this fabulous workshop click here

About the Tutor

Komal Madar is a British Indian Artist. She studied at UAL Central St Martins College of Art & Design and has exhibited and sold her work in the UK and abroad which resulted in her being featured in many international publications.

Komal is also an experienced tutor and runs a variety of workshops in London focusing on art and mindfullness.