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    "The paintings arrived safe in Delhi. The packing was done extremely well. I was very happy to see the paintings that had the signature Chaya style. Every one of our friends and teachers were thrilled to receive them and all of them appreciated the clarity and the beauty of the paintings.Thank you so much for your special attention and effort once again."
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Painting Class

PAINTING CLASSES @ CHAYA gallery (Chennai only)

We teach Tanjore painting, Acrylic (incl.Kerala Mural) and Oil painting classes at CHAYA.  Beginners are also welcome. Age:  10 yrs upwards. The classes are taught one on one (max 2 to a class). It is taught at our gallery itself, by a professional artiste & will be conducted during our gallery hours only.  An 8x10 picture is taught in class and we provide all the materials for the picture. You can choose 1 from the sketches to do in class : ganesha / annam / elephant / lakshmi / andal / krishna. We do NOT DO other sketches during the class. 

To know more about the sketches used for the classes, see the link below:

Tanjore DIY kit (

The classes are one to one only and max of 2 students only. We do not do group classes.

Tanjore Painting:  Course fee includes:

All the materials (for an 8x10 inch painting) + Artists fees  (for total of 8 hours) =  7000/-. This is payable on or before the first class.

The 8 hours will be split up as:

Class 1- 2.5 to 3 hours 

Class 2- 2.5 to 3 hours

Class 3- 2 to 3 hours. 

This is to ensure that the class time is used most efficiently during the process of the painting stages. 

The course work (8 hours) overall should be scheduled within a span of 10 working days. The class includes a prepared board  & as time is limited, only the work pertaining to this painting will be done in these classes. We encourage students, to space their classes so they have time in between the sessions to complete homework. We encourage the students to do more homework so they can be better prepared to do their own painting later. 

We also do weekend only sessions for those who cant come during the week.  We request the students to keep time and also stick to the same timing for the duration of the course.  For any change of class timing, kindly send a msg to either Mrs. Champa or Ms. Sowmya so we can coordinate the same. If the student is not able to make it for class, kindly inform at least 2 hours before so we can inform the Artist. For any last minute cancellations or if the student does not inform ahead and if the artist shows up, we would be charging Rs.200 to pay for artist transportation charges.

The student will be given a certificate of completion from CHAYA after the final class. CHAYA shares the photo of the student holding the certificate on our CHAYA FB page. However if the student is not willing to  share on FB, we will respect that. 

The picture you make will need to be framed. If you would like us to frame it, the framing charges will be actuals depending on the type of frame chosen. We usually recommend a chettinad straight frame +acrylic (not glass).

We can also teach other size paintings however the charges/ time taken for class will vary. We recommend students go with the 8x10 inch size first and thereafter other larger sizes.

Any extra work (such as learning how to do other faces/ other sketching), can certainly be taught outside of these sessions  and which will be Rs. 600/2 hours. 

To fix your tanjore painting class, please sms or whatsapp Mrs. Champa Kumar at +919940168780 or our gallery staff Sundari at +918838503978

Please ensure you have read all of the above before calling. Thank you. 


Kerala Mural Painting: - 4 days -  for approx 1.5 hours each day - Rs. 3000/- for the class +materials cost.  Materials will be at actuals that we also sell as a kit . We will teach an 8x10 inches painting in class.   For this course, you can choose between the dancing lady or a ganesha sketches. 

Oil Painting: - 4 days - for approx 1.5 hours each day -  Rs. 3000/-- for the class +materials cost. The materials will be at actuals depending on the size of canvas/ painting chosen. We encourage the student to space their classes over 6 days, so they can take up homework days in between, learn the nuances and can ask the teacher the same at the next class.  Also the painting needs time to dry in between classes.

For all classes, the entire class fees should be paid in advance or during the first class. Please see our payment details in this website for more information. 

Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you at CHAYA gallery. :)


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