Sketchbook India |Odisha: The Tribal,Temple + Textile sketchbook ART tour: March 1 – 14, 2019

Catherine Parker Art Programs presents..

SKETCHBOOK INDIA | The Tribal, Temple + Textile Village sketchbook ART Tour Odisha (East India) – March 1 – 14, 2019

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Susan E Kwas artwork-india art copyimage: courtesy of Susan E Kwas – Wisconsin, USA

It is with great pleasure that Catherine Parker Art Tours, welcomes you to this new Sketchbook Art Program involving daily painting, drawing as well as mixed media workshops and visits to traditional artisans –

  • Professional development available for Art Educators: approx 32 hours

Odisha (Orissa) is a beautiful, culturally diverse state on the East coast of India with numerous Adivasis ( 62 indigenous tribes) groups, some of which are still living in relative isolation.  The traditional weaving and body adornment of the various indigenous groups are a work of beauty, deeply embedded in nature.

This tour combines visits to small villages in the mountainous region of Koraput, IKAT weaving villages, the famous Raghurajpur heritage Artist village, Hirapur Tantric Yogini Temple, the Mahima Monks who dedicate their life to service for the planet and so much more. All researched with impeccable dedication, respect, love and joy. Designed to inspire artists and hopefully leave a lasting imprint for years to come.

Images: Catherine Parker + Blandina Pistone who attended one of my fabulous Rajasthani Maharani art tours!

Raghurajpur heritage Artist village

Is best known for its traditional Pattachitra painters (cloth based scroll painting) that dates back to 5 BC, Palm Leaf Painters, stone + wood masons, mask makers, papier mache artists and the Gotipua dance troupes, a classical dance that precedes the Indain classical dance form of Odissi – we will have out very own private performance

Gotipua dance troupe


Gotipua dance troupe

The very humble and sacred  Tantric Yogini temple dedicated to the mother Goddess.


IKAT Weaving Village


In collaboration with my friend and specialist guide, this is an opportunity to experience  the state of Odisha known as the ‘‘soul of India’’

This tour has been 4 years in the making and is very close to my heart…

ART Tour cost – $3450; Single supplement/private room- $520

Tour includes

Double room on twin share basis with bed & breakfast and some ounces and dinners in a range of hotels from basic, to 3 star, heritage + eco lodge in Desia: all meals included for the 4 days in Desia; please see youtube:

  • Full time awesome and highly regarded english speaking guide;
  • local transport – AC car/mini bus
  • Art Programme
  • visits to artisan families
  • Love; Joy + inspiration!!

Exclusions: international airfares + local tipping

Local tipping: approx. $120 – to be paid upon arrival – this covers all main tipping situations but not your personal interactions with locals

Please email me for itinerary – and visit:        

Thank you!!!

X Catherine + Samar


Catherine X


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