About the Artform

Phad painting or phad is a style of religious scroll painting and folk painting, practiced in the Rajasthan state of India. This style of painting is traditionally done on a long piece of cloth or canvas, known as phad. The narratives of the folk deities of Rajasthan, mostly of Pabuji and Devnarayan are depicted through this art form.

About the Masterclass

The Canvas

Overall Details

Deep dive into the traditional art form of Phad Painting in this beginner-friendly 4-day masterclass by the master artist Shri Kalyan Joshi. This masterclass is broken down into easy to follow modules supported by downloadable practice sheets. At the end of the masterclass, you will create your very own Phad painting.

The colors in the palette

Elements you will learn

Day 1 - Introduction to Phad & Borders/Patterns

  • An introduction to the history of Phad Art
  • A presentation to understand the origin of this artform
  • Practice of basic borders, simple designs, and patterns
  • Downloadable practice sheets would be available prior, to print and carry to the session

Day 2 - Phad Characters and Basic Elements

  • Introduction to the most commonly used characters & motifs
  • Sketching of simple characters: faces, limbs, basic characters
  • Downloadable practice sheets would be available prior, to print and carry to the session

Day 3 - Phad Drawing - Starting your Masterpiece

  • Learn how to incorporate them within the scene
  • Learn to depict a scene where the characters are shown 
  • Downloadable reference artwork sheets would be available prior, to print and carry to the session

Day 4 - Finishing your Phad Painting Masterpiece

  • Add colors onto your intricate artworks created from Day 3
  • Learn the history of using traditional colors in a specific order
  • Give the painting the final touch with Khulai: Outlining with black color

The Picasso of the show

About the Artist

Kalyan Joshi


Shri Kalyan Joshi comes from a long line of Phad painters, dating back to the thirteenth century. He started painting at the age of eight with his father, Shri Lal Joshi, an acclaimed Padma Shri honoree. Kalyan Joshi Ji experiments with new stories, contemporary style painting, and line drawing and has received numerous awards across his career, including the National Award from the Government of India in 2010, the National Merit Award by the Government of India in 2006, and the Gauri Shankar Mehta Award, Maru Parampara in 2008.

What materials you need to keep ready?

Materials required

  •  A4 & A3 Off-white Drawing sheets (handmade or Cartridge sheet) 
  • Pencil, Eraser, Sharpener and Scale 
  • Round Brushes No. - 0, 00, 2, 4, 6 
  • Poster Colors: 
    1. Orange
    2. Chrome Yellow
    3. Sap Green
    4. Indian Red (brown)
    5. Light Green
    6. Scarlett Red
    7. Cobalt Blue
    8. Black & White
  • Rough cloth, Color palette & A Mug or Glass for water

Don't miss this opportunity to learn!

  • More like a classroom

    Being a replay of an actual live workshop, where students interacted with the instructor, it will give you more of a classroom experience.

  • Longer durations and better creations

    Masterclasses are longer in length due to the profound focus on the art which in turn facilitates better output from the learners.

  • Get in touch with the artist

    You can get in touch with the artist through Instagram, and get clarifications & comments on your artwork!