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Youth Interaction Through Art

Youth Interaction Through Art, the winter art camp this year was held in Dewathang from 4 -10 of January. 75 children from ages 12 – 17  came from all over Dewathang to attend the 7 day art camp. 15 student members from VAST, assisted 4 senior instructors in making the camp a fun experience.

VAST had the good fortune this year to partner with the Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative for this annual winter art camp. We worked together with 3 dynamic SJI members to merge art with the concept of GNH and zero waste living. Students learned to be conscious of their waste and work to find ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Along with basic art lessons (charcoal, portrait, pastels, landscape, etc.), students learned how to turn their waste into works of art. They were also exposed to a healthy lifestyle with all the vegetarian food at the camp grown organically by local farmers. Every morning began with a meditation exercise and the days were filled with activities that build coordination,teamwork, confidence and compassion.The camp came to a close on the 10th of January with an exhibition of students’ artwork and prize distribution.

We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to 4 master students from the famous Kalabhavan in Shantiniketan (India)  who volunteeresd as visisting instructors. We would also like to thank the young volunteer cooks who kept us full filled and well fed up troughout the day.


Art Today – A Touch of Contemporary Art

VAST is beginning it’s new year 2012 with an art workshop headed by the artist Joe Beddall who is on a pleasure trip to Bhutan. The art workshop is organized by VAST in collaboration with the American artist Joe Beddall for the VAST members who could not make it to the VAST Winter Camp in Samdrup Jongkhar and for the art enthusiast youths of  Thimphu. The 6 days long workshop began on 3rd January. During these six days, Joe will be sharing his knowledge and experience on Contemporary Art. The students will be learning about  hues, textures, impasto,juxtaposition and creativity to name a few.





Schedule of the “Art Today- A touch of Contemporary Art” Workshop

Day 1 (3 Jan 2012):

  • Introduction
  • Materials Required

Day 2 (4 Jan 2012):

  • Group Activity
  • Creativity
  • Paint Application
  • Mosaic

Day 3 (5 Jan 2012):

  • Color Wheel
  • Mixing Paints
  • Hues, Tones and Shades
  • Juxtaposition

Day 4 (6 Jan 2012):

  • Textures- Visual and Real
  • Finish
  • Impasto

Day 5 (9 Jan 2012):

  • Special Effects
  • Transition

Day 6 (10 Jan 2012):

  • Wrap up

* VAST would like to thank Joe Beddall for doing the art workshop and sharing his time with VAST.

Training on Contemporary Art

VAST is currently housing a training on Contemporary Art. The training is organised by Department of Information and Media under Ministry of Information and Communications in collaborations with VAST Bhutan.The training which started on 7th November will end on 25th November.

The famous Benigna Chilla who is inspired by geometric patterns found in architecture, textiles, and nature is heading the training.

VAST Celebrates the Royal Wedding

On the auspicious occasion of the Royal Wedding of our beloved King His Majesty Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Her Majesty Ashi Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, the family of VAST joins the nation in celebration of the Royal Wedding and wishes the Royal Couple a happy married life.

Come and join us in the celebrations of the joyous occasion at 5: 30 PM at VAST Contemporary Art Centre located at Alaya Gallery, Tarayana Complex today.



Shifts of Hope

VAST would be opening in a new studio located at Tarayna Center( Alaya Gallery) . The theme for the Opening Exhibition is “Shifts of Hope”. We have paintings on display from various Artists both from within and outside the country.
Everyone’s invited for the opening.

Date: 20th September 2011
Time: 17:30 – 20:30


Youth Interaction Through Art (Summer Camp)

Click here to read the final project report

The Youth Interaction through Art was organized by VAST Bhutan in cooperation with READ Bhutan. The Youth Interaction through Art was designed and conducted by VAST Bhutan from 29th June to the 3rd July 2011 in Ura, Bumthang. The Camp coincided with the school summer break to provide students constructive activity while they are out of class. There were a total of 120 participants creating an environment of a combination of young and old artists alike from both Thimphu and Ura.

Our Art Camp is in line with the goal of positive adolescent and youth development and also with one of our mandates, to interact with youth and provide time, space, and vocational skills through exposure to, interaction with, and participation in learning through Art.

There are many youth issue emerging as Bhutan goes through rapid changes. Some of these issues are directly related to boredom and not having activities that can usefully engage the youth.

VAST Bhutan is an informal Art Club based in Thimphu, managed by a group of young and old artists. Its explicit mission is to guide and assist youth to explore their full potential through exposure and participation in art and at the same time provide an alternative positive use of free time in productive way.

As part of its regular activities, VAST organizes art camp and workshops during summer and winter break for its members and other youth from the area where the camp/workshop is held. The overall aims of these endeavours are to provide opportunities to the young school children to participate and develop their talents through artistic and socially productive activities during their free time.