Choki Traditional Art School, Thimphu

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Visit Choki Traditional Art School and observe student artists at work, painting, carving, and sculpting in traditional Bhutanese style. The art school provides scholarships for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, financing itself primarily from the sales of the art pieces produced by the students. Pick out your favorites from the artwork sold at the exhibition hall, along with small handcrafted souvenirs in the gift shop. If you're not in the buying mood, feel free to simply take a stroll through the school, observing the different art departments and the students toiling within them. Put Choki Traditional Art School on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Thimphu itinerary app .
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  • It was very nice to see how young artists are trained but honestly if I had not seen it, I'd missed anything.
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  • What a special experience to visit the classrooms of students studying to be fine artists. I was very moved by their dedication and love of the arts. You are allowed to walk around the various classro...  more »
  • Very interesting visit because we get to see how young kids learn to draw and keep the beautiful Tongkha art! We talked with a few fun kids they seem very jolly and it is definitely very difficult wor...  more »
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  • Arrange for a guided tour of the Choki Traditional Art School, where you can see various levels of students learning wood-carving, sewing, painting, drawing, etc. The concentration and skill of the students is fascinating. The school used to focus on boarding male students, but having girls as day students, until a young British girl visited the school and asked why there were no girls. When she was told that the school did not have funds to build a girls' dormitory, the girl went back to London and engaged her friends in bake sales and other projects to raise money for the girls' dorm. Her father was so impressed with his daughter's tenacity and generosity that he donated the remainder of the funds - and today, there is a girls' dorm at the Choki School. There is a gift shop that features work done by the students, so buying products is a great way to support the school, but also have a hand-made piece of Bhutanese art.
  • Impressive to see how serious the students study, and what pieces of art they already have created.
  • Must see when in Bhutan.
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