Pratibha Thumati - Chantilly - USA

I thoroughly enjoyed the online class. Each and every module is very detail-oriented with excellent high-definition video tutoring. In my busy schedule, it was very easy for me to revisit previous steps by looking at these videos to correct different mistakes if needed, complete the work without any difficulties. Swarna mam correction was helping me a lot as usual. Sitting in the US, Swarna mam's learning management system helped me to accomplish this beautiful Venkateshwara. I also enjoyed doing gold work in this art and natural painting work. Thanks to Swarna mam and academy

Anupama Prasad – Stamford - USA

I initially had some concerns if this is an art form that can be learned online without any supervision but I was pleasantly surprised to note that it was possible! Tanjore is a more complicated art form but the learning modules are very well designed and structured and made it possible to complete. Jesso, cone, and goldwork do require good practice but Swarna led me through the process in her diligent manner. I am pleased with the overall product and have already signed up to start on the next Tanjore art

Manjula Shenoy - Brisbane - Australia

It was an amazing experience learning Tanjore painting under the guidance of Swarna madam. I was initially quite skeptical about doing such an intense work through online modules but it was a very smooth learning process. The website was easy to use with modules and steps one after the other in a methodical manner. At no point in time did I miss a physical teacher as every minute detail was there in the pictures and videos, also swarna ji was always there to guide me through the dashboard if any queries or corrections needed. I thoroughly enjoyed the conework, stonework and goldwork. Working with Natural colours and natural ingredients was exciting as it was new for me. Best moments: when my family members started appreciating each step that I did and were happy to see the final outcome. Thank you Swarna Madam for patiently helping me to finish the painting.

Akihila Nagamani - California - USA

The overall course was well designed. Every little detail and step was broken down and clearly explained. The feedback mechanism was quick. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and super happy with the final painting. Thank you :) Videos and tutorials had everything explained in detail. Preparing ingredients from scratch, cooking them, and getting a perfect consistency makes you realize how much work and effort goes into these paintings. Super proud to have done one myself. I was sharing pictures from every stage with my close circle. People are getting inspired to try one themselves after seeing the beautiful outcome. It is so good to see that someone with not much artwork experience like me is able to do so much with just patience. The beauty of Tanjore painting motivated me to stay on track throughout the course. Thank you so much for launching such an amazing course!!

Preethi Rajeev - Bangalore - India

l loved it! The class was very detailed and the videos were very clear, precise, systematic, and elaborate. This is my first Tanjore painting and I never felt that I missed a physical teacher at any point. As a learner, I thoroughly enjoyed the process. Cone work & Goldwork was something new to learn. Using natural colours was the most interesting part of the painting. totally enjoyed the class and hope to do Kerala Mural Painting next. Thank you very much Swarna Mam"

Ishwarya S - Chennai - India

First of all, I want to thank you for this wonderful opportunity.This is really great thinking to open the gate for Learners from all over the world. website is very easy to access, I didn't feel any difficulty I enjoyed a lot in overall painting work. After opening the eyes for swami, I was speechless, there are no words to express my feelings. Tanjore painting is my dream, finally, I achieved that from the right platform. I realized how I am blessed to have such a husband, daughter, and father in law, they are really very supportive

Nandini nanda – Bangalore - India

It was a very interesting journey of learning Tanjore painting online. Online learning was very comprehensive, systematic and elaborate. As a learner I thoroughly enjoyed this process. I never missed a physical teacher, since we could reach out to you anytime. Cone work and gold work is new and a good learning. Using natural colours for painting was the most enjoyable part of this painting. I couldn't have found a better teacher to teach me my first Tanjore painting. Thank you very much

Shalini Shivakumar - Dublin - USA

Overall it was a wonderful experience to learn the Tanjore painting with 100% natural ingredients. My childhood dream of learning this traditional old art has come true even being in the USA. The online classes were well organized and the assignment at end of each module has made me more confident to finish the art. Swarna madam has taken great measures to teach the art she learned, to people all over the world.

Swati Mugunda - Georgia - USA

I'm overjoyed on the completion of my first Tanjore painting; It was a wonderful experience to learn this traditional form of art. The website was easy to use and instructions were detailed and clear to the point. Since it was a virtual course, it was convenient to work on my time. Though I enjoyed completing each step, my favorite part was painting the picture. It brought the painting to life. liked painting with natural colors and ingredients. It was cool to mix the pigments with my hands. It was messy but fun. Overall, it was a remarkable experience with ample guidance from the teacher and encouragement from my family.

Gayathri Kartick – Bangalore - India

I would like to appreciate and thank Ms.Swarna Raja's mam efforts for transforming traditional Tanjore art into the modern method of online learning. I enjoyed the whole experience and it has been a long time dream come true for me. Materials sent for this program were naturally made keeping in mind the tradition and were very useful. The program has been designed with a lot of experience and with utmost passion with traditional methods involved. Looking forward to more such programs with this academy.

Deepthi Ramesh - Jersey City - USA

"Incredible & Amazing experience " with precise and detailed oriented modules along with a flexible schedule. Swarna mam is such a passionate artist and a tutor. Her in-depth knowledge of detailing and fragmented tutoring made the course interesting and simple. Initially was hesitant if I could pull off the facial expressions with painting techniques using natural colors her detailed inputs made it & simple. This traditional art form is so intricate like Jesso work, stonework, cone work, goldwork & painting with natural colors every step elevated the look of the painting totally enjoyed and admired the art. My family was so happy with the outcome. This course makes you "believe in yourself". Thanks a lot, Swarna mam feel really confident and satisfied with the completion of this course from your academy.

Durgadevi Udayaraj - Chennai - India

I ended my year happily with your training and beginning the new year with your training and Painting work. Thanks for extending my tenure to be a part of this wonderful journey. you are very patient and supportive all through the journey !! Really thankful to God for letting me know about you and fulfill one of my lifetime dream from you (Learning Tanjore Painting from the wonderful teacher). Hope this journey should not end and I would like to appreciate your support all time !! Please do remember me, mam !! You are my very favorite teacher!! Gratitude from Heart and my whole family is thanking you for making me learn Tanjore painting !! It was a wonderful and awesome experience that can be cherished for a Lifetime Thank you Regards Always your student Durgadevi

Purnima Nagarajan - California - USA

Overall experience is good. Thanks for making and guiding me through online classes. The online term is easy and difficult in some places. I can take up the work anytime to my availability. The online portal is really good to work. I faced some difficulty in uploading the picture initially. Later I didn't face any. I enjoyed doing jesso and stone. The picture with white and stonework was entirely different from the final. I enjoyed it overall. When taking up this work I had a 6month baby with me. As a new mom challenge, I accomplished this work to get out of stress. Thanks to you Mam, my husband, and my baby who helped me a lot to fulfill my dream on learning Tanjore painting.

Vartika Singhal – Meerut - India

My Gratitude......Pranam Ma'am Thanku for your guidance.. you have detailed knowledge about Tanjore. It's really a great achievement to keep our Indian heritage alive. I am lucky, I got a chance to learn from such a learned Guru!

Poornima C – Banglaore – India

It was an amazing journey to learn this artform in the traditional method using all natural ingredients. Infact this was the reason for me to choose 'Academy of Tradional Art' to learn. My dream of learning Tanjore Painting for nearly more than a decade has finally come true. The detailed and well structured modules helped me navigate through easily. The assignments at the end of each module followed by evaluation and appreciation made me confident. I enjoyed doing the stonework and the gold work.. though challenging at some places. Got a lot of appreciation and encouragement from family and friends.Overall, fell in love with this art and waiting to do more such paintings. Thank you so much for the support and guidance mam.

Vivekarani Madan– Dhahran – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Friendly and prompt response from Swarna Maam made the learning an enjoyable experience for me and has doubled my interest. Every step was new learning for me, the best enjoyed was painting with the natural colour, it reflects so well in the canvas, I would love to use more of the natural colours It was more of a private experiment for me and I have enjoyed every moment of doing my Ganesha. Thank you.

Raashi Saigal. – Ajmer - Rajasthan

The course is well distributed into steps to ease learning. Submitting the assignment after each steps helps in correction and interacting with mam. This motivates me to do good and with confidence. I liked the colouring stage very much and the final results of natural colours are amazing. Cone work is also unique. I liked the overall process of making the painting and have enjoyed it.

Bhavana Reddy - Antwerp - Belgium

Bhavana - Antwrep - Belgium

I thoroughly enjoyed the Kerala mural online painting classes.

This was my first mural painting experience and Swarna Raja Ma'am explained everything so very well. The online sessions were very helpful and easy to follow. Swarna Raja Ma'am is such a wonderful teacher, very patient, listened to my doubts patiently and also helped me correct a lot of my mistakes while painting.

Will definitely take some more classes soon.

Archana Kapaleeswaran - Texas - USA

This is my first ever online art class. It is unique. I enjoyed each and every step of this royal art. My favorite part of the painting is working with natural colours. I am glad that I found Swarna online class. She is the best. Finally, my dream come true. I got so much appreciation from my family and friends. Thank you so much Academy of traditional art. You are awesome.

Sundermai Kumar - Richardson - USA

I was always interested in learning any kind of traditional art form, and my search leads me to Swarna Raja madam's FB page, I was truly amazed and intrigued by the traditional mural art and Tanjore art that was being taught. I enrolled myself into the class and started off, the instructions are so well articulated and each module is structured so well. Swarna Raja madam was always available for any instructions, and her feedback was so well on any rework that needs to be completed. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of learning this art. 
I really appreciate your patience with me. I have a very busy work schedule, but learning this art was such a great stress buster for me. Thoroughly enjoyed every aspect and each module. Words fall short to express how thankful I am for you. Whenever I am in India next time, determined to Travel to Bangalore and meet you in person madam. Thank you again so much

Meenakshi Radhakrishnan - Texas - USA

I enjoyed making the painting. I did not miss the teacher... it was very informative. My family liked the picture - Meenakshi Radhakrishnan - Texas - USA

Anjali PS - Bangalore - India

My search for learning Tanjore art and specifically online classes led me to the Academy of traditional art. To begin with, it seemed like an impossible task. However, as I started to get involved the artistic side of me developed much more and made me quite confident of what I know, and helped me learn new techniques. Additionally, the modules are very clear and accessible to the tutor is almost all through the day. The content is extremely clear and I thoroughly enjoyed each and every module of the painting. The material kit was received in good condition and was delivered in time. The material itself has been neatly packed and segregated in different packets/covers. Also, the material kit has been verified against the list of items per the video/ checklist and is available in the kit.
My husband was pleasantly surprised with the final look and my mother was super excited.- Anjali PS - Bangalore - India

Radhika Venkatesh - San Antonio - USA

The website was amazing and it was really easy to use. This was my first online class and I thoroughly enjoyed each and every step. The instruction was amazing and it helped me a lot all the way. I would like to thank Swarnaji for her dedication and hard work. It was also my first time I worked with natural colors and I enjoyed it very much. I really enjoyed the Cone and Gold workings. My family encouraged me all the way. I would also like to thank my friend Archana Sriram who introduced me to this site.

Annupama - Stamford - USA

Loved working on this project and watching this evolve through the different phases, from the sketch to gesso to cone to the glittering gold and stones and finally voila , we have arrived with the colors that seals the deal. ! Great support as always from Swarna and excellent training modules to step me through each detail

Pranavi Chava - Bangalore - India

“It was an amazing experience.

Glad to have opted for this. Everything is well structured and organised.”

Divya Krishnakumar - Harrow - UK

Such a wonderful experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire learning process. The main reason I took up the course was because of the flexible learning hours. I was able to learn in my own time and when I can concentrate alone without any interruptions. The modules were well segmented and very detailed. I also enjoyed the nitty gritty details Ms. Swarna gave about each of the process including the many uses of the various ingredients used. All the instructions were very clear and the instructor responded very quickly for any queries I had. I am very happy to have used natural colours in my painting as I have learnt- as the painting ages, the colours used are even more beautifully depicted. The best part of the entire process was doing the face and drawing eyes. I have never imagined I would be able to paint Gods/Goddesses with such lively eyes. For me, it felt like Krishna is smiling at my work with satisfaction soon as I finished the final work. Thanks to Swarna for such detailed instructions right from drawing the outline, shadowing, till drawing the smiley part. I received the same kind of response from my family members when I shared the progress of the painting with them. My krishna Premi 3 year old is very happy that I have painted her favourite Radha Krishna for her. I can confidently say I have learnt the elaborate process of Tanjore painting and cant wait to try painting more. Thank you very much for making the course available for aspirers around the globe like me

Sandhya R - Chennai - India

I loved learning this new art and totally fascinated using the natural colors. Every assignment submitted was a learning and definitely thankful to the teacher who was always available for any doubts. Thank you so much

Yamani Prasanthi - Doha - UAE

I loved it! I had a transcendental and exhilarating experience. The class was very detailed, and the videos were very clear and precise. The assignments were paced in the appropriate levels. i enjoyed the Gold work. I had fun while painting with natural colors. After working on the detailing of face i felt thrilled and ecstatic. Thank you for providing the online course and thanks a lot Swarna Mam.

Bhavana Reddy - Antwerp - Belgium

I was the kind of person who never liked painting and usually used to just prefer pencil sketching because I was never really good at painting. Then I came across Swarna Raja ma'am and her classes on social media and she came with a lot of recommendation and accolades and after joining her classes I learnt that painting can also be just as fun, and right now this is my second course with her! I have even started doing a few paintings on my own as well. I really liked the cone work and the stone work in this course, also liked working with natural colors and natural ingredients. She was there each and every step of the way patiently guiding and correcting if I made any mistakes and also I was able to complete this painting at my own pace and I never felt that there was anything lacking in the online teaching approach. I look forward to taking up more painting courses with her!

Divya Jain - Feldkrichen - Germany

It was a wonderful journey to attend this course and learn the beautiful art form of Tanjore Painting. The course was nicely designed and I loved the Feedback and communication all throughout, despite it being online. It was my first experience to work with natural colours and Gold and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I look forward to apply the learnings in my future Tanjore paintings.

Sailakshymy hariharan - Bangalore - India

It was easy using the website for learning. I didn't miss the physical teacher, anytime of the learning. I enjoyed each and every module in this course. I enjoyed working with natural colours and natural ingredients. All my family members and friends do encourage me for doing this online course. Thank you

Anjana M - Pune - India

Enjoyed the process – It was well structured. Thank you mam – The experience of learning in natural colours was good.

Aparna Varanasi - Cupertino - USA

Thank you for a great course! Enjoyed learning in depth about Tanjore painting. Learnt a lot during the process and all the intricate detailed work that happens in a Tanjore painting. Website was very good. It was very easy to follow along the modules. I liked how well the modules were broken down. Made it easy to complete the work, get feedback and move on to the next module. I did wish a teacher would've been helpful to be nearby when I made a mistake, or to provide some guidance on fixing stuff, or to provide more intricate feedback when I had questions on the detailed work.

Sumathi Diwakar - Texas - USA

It was really fun to learn this mural from you. The course was very well organized and structured. The assignments were paced in the appropriate levels. Although it was an online class, it did not feel like missing a teacher. I loved the way how this painting evolved . This class gave me confidence to pursue my art passion

Anupama Prasad - Stamford - USA

This was my very first stint with online art classes. I loved every bit of the artwork, especially the detailing. I'm very excited about the overall product and received many compliments from family and friends. The classes are very well structured into modules and easy to follow. Honestly, I did not expect this to be an easy ride but am thrilled with what I've been able to produce. Swarnaji is really very dedicated, diligent, and specific with her feedback, and at no point did I feel the necessity to sit physically in a classroom. I'm really looking forward to learning new art forms such as Tanjore and doing many more artwork in the future

Dr Smitha - Bangalore - India

 "I was interested in learning Tanjore painting. I was lucky that my online search led me to Mrs Swarna Raja, who is an expert and scholar in Tanjore art. I decided to take the online classes and the experience was well worth it! Tanjore painting needs a lot of patience, every jesso work; gold foil work is interesting and also needs the patience to get good results. Mrs Swarna uses only natural colours for the paintings....which are not as easy as poster colours to work with....but once I got used to was great to see the beautiful colours the natural pigments give to the painting. Mrs Swarna is exceptional in her knowledge about Tanjore paintings. Her patience and guidance will help any newcomers approach to the art interesting and easy. I will be taking her expert's advice for my future paintings. This whole experience of online Tanjore painting was very nice! Thank you very much, Mrs Swarna was great knowing you and learning from you." All the very best for the future!

Harini Ramprasad - Singapore

: "This was my first online art class. I initially had thought about how effective it will be through Skype. But to my surprise, it was as good as learning live. The detailed explanation of each and every step and the time provided to complete them made it very easy. The first thing I noticed on seeing colour palette was there were only a few colours. But the richness it gave to the painting was unbelievable. They looked so rich and elegant. Nowadays most of them teach with synthetic colours and me having learnt with natural colours makes me feel more happy and content. About the teacher and guidance provided: I feel very happy to be a student of Swarna mam. The detailed approach of each and every step taught was truly helpful and mam was so kind and patient enough to help me every time I asked her for help in WhatsApp. The feedback every time she gave was very encouraging. All the more she was available and approachable at all times. Thank you very much, mam. Can never forget this experience. "

Shruthi Singh - Dubai - UAE

This was my first experience any online courses and it was quite an exhilarating one...from beginning to the end it was purely one to one as if we are actually attending a class, The experience of going through each of the processes was a different feeling. From making the Arabic gum to jesso to doing the cone work and the laying of the gold leaves to painting. Each process was associated with something different. While I found jesso n gold most tedious, I thoroughly enjoyed filling in colour on the canvas, it was like literally bringing the picture to life. I've never handled natural colours, it's quite different using these...they are quite strong and we need to be really careful while using them....a huge lesson learnt.!! I enjoyed it thoroughly!!! I also earned a new friend in Swarna, plus a Guru who doesn't hold back any secret's with the knowledge she imparts and she's always ready to guide us. Excellent experience.. I truly respect her for that!! Thank you sooooo much, Swarna

Chitra Tandul - New Jersey - USA

" - Learning Tanjore painting was one rewarding experience. I learnt a very new kind of art, learnt a lot of new techniques and I am so happy I learnt it from Swarna. Swarna was very patient and understanding and gives clear instructions. I thought learning this art online was impossible but trusted Swarna which resulted in my very first beautiful Tanjore painting. I am so proud of this experience. Online learning gives me so much confidence since most work and experience is done by me. Every stage of Tanjore painting was a new experience for me. I thoroughly enjoyed every step of this painting. This painting is a result of countless hours of hard work but at the end, looking at its beauty I feel it is all worth it. Thanks, Swarna you are an awesome teacher!

Renuka Thoppae - California - USA

 This is my first online class. It was very comfortable doing the lessons on Skype. It was like the teacher sitting next to me and teaching. We did experience very little problems on voice delays and call cuts a few times, and again this wholly depends on the network speed. It was overall very good. Teacher and guidance provided: Swarna Raja Kochi is an amazing person who has total commitment and dedication to Tanjore art. She is so talented. She makes sure the student learns the right techniques of jesso work, gold foil placing and washing the paint. She is very patient and never hurries to complete the project. With the dripping consistency of the muck and natural colours she can gauge the output, it will give. She guides through the artwork sequentially in a well-planned way

Vidhya Srivatsan - London - Canada

" I have never had painting online classes before. Never did art in natural colors before, preparation was good, time-consuming though, was enjoyable. Interactions were really good and jesso work-lot of practice before doing on the actual canvas helped well. Foil work was really complicated and hope to get some easy technique-like actually cutting the foil exactly or how easily to remove the excess foil, as that is where I just got frustrated. The coloring part was fun and good guidance on that. Swarna Raja is a good teacher, explains well, answers politely even the same question is asked again and again. The timeline is good and flexible with students' schedules and times. I am doing the next painting with her."

Archana Gupta - Ghaziabad - India

 "Yes, my dream come true with the help of you Swarna ma'am. I never joined an online class before. I was totally confused but interactions we're really good and Jesso work 1- lots of practice before doing on the canvas helped me. I just got frustrated Jesso 2 - but u helped me for every step. I really enjoyed stonework, foil work n colouring. Swarna ma'am explains everything in detail, very flexible with the student's time. She helped me every time and made corrections wherever required. I felt encouraged every time with her feedback. She was available for my work anytime. I can never forget this experience and definitely will approach her again in the future. Thanks a lot, ma'am"

Mahesh - Singapore

 'I have not attended any online classes before. I Don’t have any prior experience in handling natural colors or formal training in art, though I pursue art as a hobby from childhood It was good to know about the history of Tanjore paintings from the teacher, how it is done in temple pillars, patiently explained rationale for each of the step, the importance of the natural materials, perfectionist with eye for detail, amazed to see the tutor identify even small variations/errors through the photos; even if I send the practice work multiple times, never tired of checking it and get back with feedback, overall it was a great learning experience."

Sudha Kasukhela - Texas - USA

 "Learning Tanjore Art has given me a completely different experience. The feeling of divinity and sacredness was present in each and every painting I saw. The amount of intense work, dedication, and passion that goes in each painting are unexplainable. Never attended any online classes before. I have an inclination towards learning traditional Indian art. It was a little difficult for me as I am residing in the USA. But upon searching a few places, Felt very happy and excited to come across the online training of Tanjore Art by Mrs. Swarna. Swarna is a very great teacher. I am very much impressed with her teaching ability as well as her amount of patience and interest. I felt very comfortable learning from her as she is very friendly and homely. Swarna makes it extra sure that we got it correctly. She was always prompt in clarifying any doubts and is available all the time. Swarna is very passionate about teaching this beautiful Tanjore Art to others. Her guidance is absolutely flawless. It was really great pleasure in learning Tanjore Art from Swarna

Ranjani Prasad - Florida - USA

 "I just completed my first Tanjore painting in natural colors. I had never done anything like this online and the experience was awesome. Mrs. Swarna is a very dedicated teacher and took her time to teach me to step by step. She is a perfectionist. I have looked forward to meeting with her every weekend on skype and will miss the classes now that I have completed one. I do plan on beginning another one and maybe more. Thank you so much for everything Wishing you the best and hope to visit and meet you when I come to India

Anandhi Sutti - Virginia - USA

 "This is my first experience learning Art online. Learning Tanjore art is a beautiful experience. The most favorite part is the detail in everything starting from taking a trace, preparing Jesso, doing gold/gem work, and finishing of it painting. Swarna explained everything in detail. This is my first time using natural colors. The best part is Swarna’s patience and being flexible. With my busy schedule, I was able to accomplish because of Swarna's full support."

Praba Annamalai - Bangalore - India

First of all thanks a lot this wonderful experience.
Being in Bangalore and with this traffic it's very easy to learn in online course ... I was worried when I was started because this is my first online class that too for a traditional art but each and modules where explained clearly and mam was available in all the time to clarify the doubts... I was enjoying the whole work , all parts mam made us practice nicely.
Main part in this art is face expression and the colours, I was worried in the beginning but with the help of video, it become easy that too with the natural colour. This is my first experience but the outcome is awesome..
I show the picture to few of my friends all where appreciating the colour and outcome..

Uma Balasubramaniam - Faridabad - India

I have been wanting to learn this art for many years. Thanks to Mrs.Swarna for arranging this art teaching through online. Initially I found it difficult to view and use this software. As I started doing step by step I found it easy. I have few; Tanjore paintings at home and now I am proud to have one more done by me alone. Learning was very exciting to me.
Learning through web site was not that difficult.
Each work was unique and I enjoyed all of them. Face expression was very difficult especially the eyes. Need to have lots of practice.
Whenever I finished each module I used to share it with my children. They only said "Wow" for every step. When I finally finished the painting yesterday they could not believe that it was done by me.

Durga Ragunath - Melbourne - Australia

Virtual learning painting class was much better than face to face as we can go through the steps many times. Instructions were very clear and easy to follow.
I enjoyed each and every step in the Tanjore painting. It was a wonderful journey and I had a great experience exploring every step and learning new techniques. Each module had its own unique learning skills which was satisfying to do. Out of all the modules I enjoyed the Jesso,stone work, mixing the natural colours and painting the most.
Yes, I enjoyed Mixing the natural colours and painting on canvas was so great.
My daughters were always motivating after every module was completed. They were always very curious to know what's next. They reassured and encouraged mom, "looks beautiful", well done. Of Course My Guru always supported me and answered instantly when I needed help. Thank you for helping me to learn Tanjore painting.

Surekha Jaidevraj - Bangalore - India

Tanjore Painting has always been my passion.It was a wonderful experience to use natural based products and colours for the painting,which helped me link to the traditional tanjore art of painting. I would like to thank my Mom and brother for encouraging me in my passion and encouraging the art to flourish in me, It would be unjust if I don't mention the great support that my husband has been to me, last but not the least it would have not been possible without the step by step guidance of my guru Smt.Swarna Raja.

Anupama - Stamford - USA

This is my third Tanjore art piece and i loved doing this one. The learning modules are very well structured and designed to take you through the virtual class effortlessly. There is always so much to learn and improvise and these modules are designed to encourage just that! Im on a roll and there is no stopping me now. So glad i found an opportunity to pick up this skill.

Srilakshmi Bharani - Chennai - India

The website was very comfortable and easy to learn from. Progressive learning and feedback at each step was very motivating to do further.Only once while starting with the gold work, I missed the guru beside me. But once I started doing it, I was able to appreciate how beautifully it blended with the jesso work. I liked and enjoyed each and every step in this art form and I can't pick just one.I am still intrigued by natural colours, fresco technique and would like to learn more about it. It was a lovely experience to glide the paint with the tip of the brush in milk consistency.Overall experience was such a positive one! I got used to doing the art form with veena playing in the background. I loved the way the video feedback was shared when I had to do some alignment corrections.It’s a dream come true moment for me. Ma'am, I am extremely thankful to you for your guidance.I am looking forward to create more in this art form, learn more and keep admiring! It was such a fulfilling journey!

Meenakshi Radhakrishnan - Texas - USA

Website was very beneficial. Teacher was very helpful.... I didn't miss her. I liked doing cone work and painting. Yes, I liked making with natrual colors and natural ingredients. My family loved it ....

Sundermai Kumar - Richardson - USA

This is my second painting done under Swarna madam's Guidance. Madam has been guiding/helping on every step until the completion of the painting. I curriculum is very well structured and easy to follow. I love the use of natural colours, working with these colours was the best part, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would like to thank Swarna madam for guiding me.

Tanmayi Kambhampati - Puttaparthi - Andhra Pradesh

I enjoyed the whole process and gained confidence on myself. The website was very easy to use and I did not have any problems. Swarna Ma'am was also very kind and was available on meesage, when I couldn't finish the tamarind gum preparation and helped me finish it without any hassle.I personally enjoyed the gold work, jesso work and painting with the natural colours. My parents are super proud of this achievement and I have no words to express how happy I am with myself for learning a traditional artwork and I am looking forward to doing many more Tanjore paintings.Thank you so much Swarna Ma'am.

Suniyta Jainn - Bangalore - India

It was a fantabulous learning for me. I really enjoyed it and definitely did not miss the physical presence of the teacher. Swarna ma'am makes it very easy to follow her instructions and if you follow her by the tee then definitely your end product will look gorgeous. I loved working with making everything from scratch like the gum, gesso and also mixing natural colours . Using natural colours definitely gives vibrancy to your artwork. My family were amazed I could do something so intricate. One thing I definitely learned from this class is patience

Krithika Ravishankar - Virginia - USA

The academy of traditional art website is user friendly for everyone and especially to learn an amazing art like this virtually.
I did not actually miss the presence of a physical teacher. I enjoyed doing the jesso work, gold work and the cone work. This was a novel and marvelous experience for me. The preparation of the colors using the natural colors was very interesting and genuinely enjoyed seeing the vibrancy and richness of the colors come alive on the picture. Especially the red color was really authentic and pops up the picture. Drawing of Swamy’s eyes made me apprehensive and nervous initially, but I was able to overcome that and practiced many times before attempting on the canvas which really helped a lot. By the grace of Lord Ganesha, His painting has come out to my satisfaction. It gives a sense of achievement and happiness. My husband has been quite supportive throughout this entire journey and been encouraging me at every step. I also sent some pictures during the painting progress to my family members in India and they have also been very appreciative. On the whole it’s been an exhilarating learning experience for me. I will sure enroll for another painting very soon. Thanks to Swarna for the guidance and motivation throughout this delightful art experience!

Anjali PS - Bangalore - Inida

This is my second painting with ATA and was great experience. The modules have been tweaked slightly and much more user friendly. I typically prefer doing art work once my daughter is asleep and this works perfect for me. Swarna madam is available all of the day and is very responsive.

Lavanya Rajamani - California - USA

Experience can be summarized in one word - 'Humbling'
I had always wanted to learn Tanjore painting from a professional and this kit came as a gift from family on my birthday.. was under the impression that this would be like any other painting but as each module got unlocked it only awed and wowed me more !. The many techniques involved, their complexity, the level of patience needed for the intricacies made me develop a new found respect for this traditional art form! The best and most challenging was the gold work, which was grueling but definitely worth the time!. I convey special thanks to Swarna for structuring the modules in the best possible way that made online learning a breeze! Not to leave out the well explained videos and the continuous interaction mechanism with Swarna who gave quick responses to any queries. The joy of learning everything from scratch including the natural colors made the journey one to cherish and brag about!.This is a brilliant course and I wish our paths cross again on another art tutorial! Loved the journey and the experience!!!

Santha Gurumoorthy - Canada

Teacher was extremely prompt and had a great eye for details.Course content was quite packed and detailed. The format was very user friendly.I really enjoyed and loved the overall learning experience and teacher connect.

Akshya Srinivas Raghavan – California - USA

It was very easy to learn as there were videos and descriptions for every minute detail required. Especially the consistency of each liquid used in the painting was really helpful. Whenever any help was required, it was easy to reach out and the questions were answered very quickly by the teacher. I think you do a great job with the course structure. I did not feel the need for a physical teacher at any point during the course. I loved doing gold work. It was something new for me and it made the painting look great and I was so satisfied with the outcome. Next, I loved using natural colors . It have always wondered how they paint during the ancient times and this step made me experience it.I took pictures of each stage so that I could finally see the progression and it was great. Learning tanjore painting was always on my bucket list and my family was very happy how it turned out. It was really educative for them as well as they got to know how it is done.

Sushmita Noti - Singapore

It was a amazing experience to learn this Tanjore Art from this academy. The over all course was well designed and organised. Every little step was very clearly explained. This was my first experience with the work online but the outcome is awesome.
I really enjoyed the classes and hope to do Tanjore painting next level. Special Thanks to Swarna mam.

Priyanka S - Bangalore - India

It was a wonderful experience to learn this Tanjore painting
Website made it very easy to learn the painting step by step with the videos and pictures
I liked both jesso work and gold work
I enjoyed Doing the painting using the natural iingredients and colours which is eco friendly
My family members encouraged me and appreciated me for doing this wonderful painting of goddess saraswathi

Jayanthi Challa - North Carolina - USA

I had great time learning . The various modules and assessments are well planned and designed.I enjoyed all phases of the painitng , but would say jesso work was new and interesting.

Arti Venkatasubramaniam - Hosur - India

First of all I would like to thank my Tanjore art Guru Smt Swarna Raja. I wanted to learn this art from very long time. This online mode made me realise my dream.
The course was very well structured. It gives us all the details required . It hand holds us so perfectly that it answers most of our questions while doing it.
The approach was very professional and my art was praised by all my friends, family. I will say it completely belongs to Smt Swarna.
The most enjoyable part was, I could not distinguish because I loved doing all the modules. However I would say was stone work. I loved doing it. This is also unique to Tanjore art. Looking forward to do more of this art form. Thank you Academy of Traditional Art.

Gomini K S - Chickmangalore - India

It was a great experience for me. This online course is really well designed with detailed video reference and notes. To learn Tanjore painting was my dream and finally that came true. For that I am very happy and I am feeling confident. This art also taught me patience. Patience is much needed for this art. My sincere thanks and gratitude to Swarna Ma'am for all the support.
ATA website is user friendly. As everything was well designed and organised I was very comfortable to access the modules. And, it is a great online platform to learn the Tanjore painting.
I almost enjoyed all the steps in Tanjore painting. But, I was little uncomfortable to do the jesso and gold as I was doing it for the first time. Once I got used to it I enjoyed doing jesso and gold work.
I used the natural colour provided in the kit. It was kind of fun using the natural colours in this art.
I could complete this painting with very minimal errors and the face of the god is very important that has really came out well. That is the best thing in the overall painting. Once I completed the entire painting only, I showed it to my mother she felt very happy that is the best and priceless moment for me.
I am looking forward to takeup more Tanjore painting...Thank you

Durga ORS - Chennai - India

Good Evening Mam,..Whenever watching the video, we hear your voice. I feel I am front of you listening you. So I don't Miss physical teacher, as everything covered digitally in a perfect way.
Gold work I liked. First time I am learning. So enjoyed very much using Natural colours and natural ingredients.
Best Moment is when I completed . For my present condition, this learning is a therapy for me .
My Husband Mr. K. Ravindran will be Happily watching my painting. His full blessings as a GOD for me is Main thing for my progress.
My sisters, my friends very much encouraged me to concentrate in this and they had 100% Hope on me that I can do it. I Have shown jesso, cone work to my friends, they appreciated me lot. After your final evaluation, I will show completed Picture
And more over I feel so pleased, that you gave lot of encouragement and gave enough time to complete. That is the main thing that I wanted to complete 100%.
Now I am very thrilled and excited to see my Painting.Thanks very much for your guidance and excellent course design.

Aparna Hemchandra - Monrovia - USA

This course is very well structured. The online learning system was easy to use and had no difficulty in uploading my assignments throughout and in completing my course. The content covered is excellent. Very clear and easy to follow explanations by Swarna mam. Also loved the brief introductory videos by Swarna mam explaining the use of the materials and techniques. The feedback provided at each stage was very encouraging and helped in understanding and correcting errors in technique. At no point did I feel the need for a physical teacher. Each step was a new learning experience. I loved the stone work and painting with natural colours the most. This artwork requires enormous amount of patience as each step is intricate and you cannot rush anything. Initially I was hesitant to enroll as I was not sure if I would be able to complete the course successfully. But I'm glad I enrolled in this course. The satisfaction and joy I got upon finishing the course is hard to describe with words. Kudos to Swarna mam and her entire team for this amazing effort of keeping this beautiful artwork alive and making it easy for people to learn it at the comfort of their homes. This endeavour felt completely worth it upon seeing the finished painting of Lord Balaji. I will definitely return soon to learn about Kerala Mural painting.

Priya Karthick - Coimbatore - India

Before enrolling online class, I was not very sure whether I could really learn from instructor. But once I signed in and got into the modules at each stage, I found it pretty easier and convinced me to do it in my free time. Infact , Tanjore painting is very complex and intricate art. It was really challenging for me to decide. Swarna Mam provided simple steps, tips and videos. Descriptions are very clearly explained. About natural Color's, I felt astonished and excited while mixing Colours and paint on the board. During the whole process of making this traditional art, body and soul were completely relaxed, vibrant and felt positive. At times, my kids were used to be around. My son also loved the natural colours especially. They all were really appreciated each and every stage of art work. I would thank Swarna mam to the extent.

Reema Saravanan - Bangalore - India

The website was an easy platform to learn.. the videos were explained in a way it was easy to understand. Since there was a dashboard msg option I did not miss the teacher and could clear all my doubts.
I enjoyed the jesso, gold and the painting work.
After finishing I was very happy with the result that came out and family and relatives were proud and impressed with the work.
Thank you again for guiding me till the end with your video lessons.

Bhargavi Kondapalli - Cupertino - USA

Being this as my 1st Tanjore painting, every step was new and exciting for me. The website was nicely designed with each module and step-by-step process. , I enjoyed the process of making this painting. It was fascinating for me to understand how our ancients worked with these natural ingredients to make such a beautiful art piece. And working with natural colors is quite different from working with other types of colors(like acrylic and oil with which I worked). I would like to thank teacher Swarna for introducing me to Thanjavur painting with natural ingredients and teaching me this art forum.
It gives me a lot of satisfaction seeing my painting. I was so scared to do the face of amma as I feel it is a very important part of the painting and if that doesn't come well then I felt that the whole painting is spoiled. But with the encouragement and support from my dad, I was able to finish it and am very happy and satisfied with the result. After seeing my painting I was so happy and got a lot of appreciation from friends and family.

Kavitha Subramaniam - Phoenix - USA

I am in love with Tanjore painting and I can't resist trying all of your avilable artworks. I am learning along as I try to become more proficient. I truly enjoy every moment spent on my learning process. I am so thankful to Swarna Madam for making this availale to me.

Smitha Menon R – Kolkatta – India

I really enjoyed doing the painting. The online course is crafted with all intrinsic details. The gold work and jesso work was quite interesting. The happy moments were when my friend and my daughter appreciated me. Thanks Madam for me being able to complete the work with full satisfaction.

Kavitha Subramaniam - Phoenix - USA

I enjoy every single project I have been working with you. Learning as I go...Wonderful experience always!

Valli G P - Bangalore - India

Learning through website was easy since we can go back and check in case of any doubts often. Each steps crisp and clear with explanation so didnt miss the physical presence of teacher. Also in case of any queries, mam is always reachable. Really enjoyed each and every step of this painting. Most favourite parts are Jesso work, Stone work, Gold work and cone work. Was excited to use natural colours as this is my first time using these natural colours. I have joined this course mainly for using natural material through out this course. Blessed to learn our traditional Tanjore Art. Thank you for sharing the knowledge. Apart from me my dad, mom, sister, hubby & my friends Gayathree & Sowmya were encouring me throughout this journed and excited to see the completed work. Need your blessing to try more painting in the future.

Deepthi Ramesh - Jersey City - USA

Website learning was detail oriented. Both gold and jesso work was enjoyable in different ways.Natural colors painting made the painting complete as a whole. Family members --------appreciated and happy with final outcome.

Parvathi Chitti - Hyderabad - India

It was a wonderful experience painting Radha Krishna. Website experience was good. Lessons were very elaborate and each detail is explained well. The support you gave to get right expression gave me confidence to complete the painting.
I loved doing cone work, painting work the most. It was amazing experience working with natural colors and ingredients.
I am greatful for all the support you have extended to complete the painting.

Anuradha Sriram - Bangalore - India

It was a great experience, the instructions were very simple to follow. It was great using natural eco friendly colors, I felt the effect and outcome was better than poster or acrylic colours.
The shading work and drawing fine lines was a bit of a challenge. It was my very first experience and I hope to get better at it in the next painting I do. Thanks and namaskarams to the guru for patiently guiding me through the entire painting.
It was indeed a wonderful experience and a dream that was fulfilled.

Dhivya M - Bangalore - India

Very enjoyed learning process.

Dhivya Vijayakumar - Muscat - Oman

It was awesome experience to learn this art form. I opted this online course with recorded videos so that I could learn at my flexible timings,which was great. I love Tanjore paintings and to learn one was in my bucket list for long time.I am finally happy that could complete this beginner course. I loved the way this process helped me slow down ,to have entire focus on painting without any other thoughts which I felt like meditation. The website was really easy to use with all needed instructions in video. I loved the coloring part most followed by jesso work.I liked preparation of gum with natural material and making natural colors dissolving with hands (felt therapeutic). I am grateful to my husband and kids who kept motivating me as the painting evolved and I am thankful to Swarna mam for guiding in each module with encouraging comments. In short,I loved the entire experience whole heartedly. Thank you so much.

Poornima Aprameya - Bangalore - India

It was very helpful and detailed all interaction even though virtually really helped .the journey of painting has been amazing I can only say without Guru's blessing nothing can move and and thank you for being my Guru Mam

Sushma Prasad - New South Wales - Australia

Online learning was excellent. I feel grateful for having had the opportunity to learn this traditional art in its natural form i.e. using natural techniques and natural colors. Somehow, the minute I landed on the Academy of Traditional Art Website and placed an inquiry, I did not think of going to another teacher. I was totally convinced. Finally, I am here.Course delivery was very clear, with clear instructions, and videos. The most difficult part for me was cone work. Overall, I enjoyed the whole painting.Of course, painting techniques mature with experience, which I need to get by painting more in the future. I look forward to doing many more paintings in the future.Thank you very much for this amazing learning experience.

Roshini Ramkumar - Bangalore - India

Dear ma'am.First of all I would like to thank you for sincere feedbacks and at punctual timing.My journey was too good . initially I had problems in completing at given timelines but later started to finish it with passion.enjoyed each and every bit of this art.but particularly natural coloring and painting I liked along with cone work.I would like to learn from you in future too for mural work.Thanks ma'am had a wonderful time with you.

Anupama Prasad - Stamford - USA

This is a beautiful piece of art and I loved doing the Sharadambe painting as this is my most favorite Devi. The course is ofcourse very well structured and Swarna was very patient and supportive throughout the process. The art work is very delicate and requires attention and focus but the end product is outstanding. I loved engaging in this process.

Krithika Bhagavan - Bangalore - India

It was a beautiful journey. Each step was interesting. They say few things should be learnt from a proper guru and learning it from a guru like swarna maam i feel blessed. She is not only patient , kind, but too good at her subject and one among the few who teaches the traditional method. I personally never felt I missed a physical teacher. Gold work was the challenging part but then once it was completed, I just felt it's worth the pain. I really had goosebumps and the feel of divine presence looking at my final painting. That's the effect of this traditional tanjore art on me. I believe awareness has to created among all about the traditional method of this art, natural dyes, original crystals and the richness of this art. I totally enjoyed each process. Looking forward to learn more from swarna maam and kudos to the whole team of academy of traditional arts. Thank you

Jothi Krishnan - Bangalore - India

It was a magical experience and my dream come true moment.I was doubtful initially, as i thought it would be very detailed and that online learning would be difficult to comprehend but after I completed the first module, my doubts faded. All the modules were well organised and well explained. All my doubts were cleared at the earliest. I loved the journey of my painting progressing well. Doing traditional art in a traditional method was just the icing on the cake. Your positive and promising words encouraged me to complete the modules on time.Thanks a lot madam for being so supportive.

Swetha Surender - New South Wales - Australia

I never expected to lean such a complicated art like Tanjore painting on an online portal. It was very simple and delivered in a streamlined manner. At no point I had the feeling of missing a physical teacher.
I enjoyed throughout the course specially the done and gold work. It was great to use natural colors and ingredients for the work. I would like to thank my parents, my husband and my son for all their support and encouragement. Thank you Swarna mam for this wonderful experience.

Sridevi R - Sripuram - India

Namaste, I would love to share my painting experience here. I was always thinking if I would be able to do traditional painting through online? The 1st time I'm ever painting in life. Thanks to Internet World! This Online class was fascinating experience! All the videos were too simple & easy. Every step of painting was an experience by itself! Too Exciting! Every step forward I go, every stage the painting was appreciated by people at home! Every stage was a WOW! I thoroughly enjoyed every step at every stage. Everything was an Awesome learning! This work taught me the lesson of involvement in Life! Jesso Work taught me to Step Up every time in Life!! Gold Work taught me the Royalty!!! Stone work taught me the Beauty!!!! Finally, Colouring taught me to fill the Life with Colours. Colours are LIFE!!!!! Fill Colours in our lives & others lives! Create things. My most loved part is Colourinig! Fantastic! Thoroughly Enjoyed. Thank you Mrs. Swarna Raja for giving such wonderful experience. Created such beautiful course. I can see all the hard work in each slide. Today this Art is alive through you. Great Justice done. Much appreciated. Loved your dedication & love to maintain the authenticity of traditonal method. I heartily congratulating the whole thing. Namaste.

Apoorva Gudihal - Medford - USA

Really enjoyed this art form. Loved the painting part with natural colors. The instructions are clear.It was a good experience overall

Sheetal Shah - London - UK

Thank you for a great course!
Website was very easy to navigate and use. Instructions for each module were very clear and the photos/videos were great to follow.It was very easy to submit assignments. The modules were nicely broken down and feedback was given very quickly!
I am grateful I was able to learn an art form I have always wanted to learn from the UK! This was almost like having you here. Thank you for always answering the questions I had.
I enjoyed the gesso and gold laying the most. That was the technique I have never done before.
I love working with. natural pigments. They have adifferent look. I had a bit of trouble blending though, i will need to practice this more.
Thank you once again for this. I look forward to starting kerala mural! Much love, Sheetle