Learn to paint a Ganapati idol

You'll learn how to paint a Ganapati idol at home using appropriate colors.
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 41 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 9/2014 English

Course Description

This course can be used independently or as an extension to my course "LEARN THE ART OF CLAY SCULPTING: MAKE A GANAPATI IDOL".

This course teaches you everything that you need to know for painting a Ganapati idol using acrylic colors. Using the same techniques and sequence taught in this course, you can use other types (poster, organic) of colors too to paint the idol.

You'll learn which colors (red, yellow, blue etc) to buy and how to mix many other colors from the basic colors.

Most difficult part in painting the idol is painting the eyes and that is shown in detail so that you get the necessary information and confidence.

So, take the course, paint the idol, enjoy the experience and feel more spiritually connected!

What are the requirements?

  • A Ganapati idol that is to be painted, acrylic colors, brushes and willingness to learn!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn to paint a Ganapati idol
  • Learn which few colors to use and mix other
  • Know the brushes you'll need
  • Understand the sequence of steps to follow
  • Learn how to paint the EYES !

Who is the target audience?

  • Everybody who is interested in learning how to paint a Ganapati idol, the professional way! What you'll also learn is which colors to use, and how to mix different colors using the basic colors.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

This is an introduction to the course and a reference to my other course titled "Learn the art of clay sculpting: Make a Ganapati idol".


This is the intro video of my course on how to make a Ganapati idol. You should consider purchasing this course and making an idol yourself.


This lecture tells you which colors I have chosen to paint the idol. I am using acrylic colors but if you chose some other type of colors like poster colors, still the colors to be chosen will be similar.

Section 2: Painting the idol

You'll learn how to mix the skin color and start painting with it. What parts of the idol are to be painted with this color and from where to start.


Here I'll tell you why I recommend acrylic colors for the people who are beginners in this field. Acrylics have few distinct advantages over other type of colors.


Here I'll show you how to paint the dhoti of the idol. I've done a slip of tongue in the lecture. Can you spot it?

Refer this to know what dhoti means. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhoti


This lecture video shows you how the idol looks at this stage of painting.


See how I made the orange red color by mixing two colors. I'm using that color to paint the shawl on the idol's shoulders.


Her you'll learn how to paint the ornaments and the crown of the idol in golden color.


Make the shawl look rich and paint the bolster.


See the preparatory work required before you paint the idol's eyes.


You'll learn the measurements and corrections before you put final color of the eyes.


Putting the final touches to the eyes and bringing the idol to life!


See the small markings and the details that are a must on a Ganapati idol.


Summary of the whole Ganapati idol painting process and how the idol should look like at this stage.

Section 3: Supporting documents
A text and photo guide to making and painting a Ganapati idol
11 pages
Ganapati idol painting quiz
3 questions

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Instructor Biography

Mandar Marathe, Fine Artist, Sculptor, Illustrator, Designer and Engineer

I am a Fine Artist, Sculptor, Illustrator, Designer and Engineer based at Pune, India. I do paintings, sculptures, illustrations and conduct art workshops.

Till now, I have had 12 shows of my paintings and taught about 1000+ students in my art workshops (drawing & sketching, acrylic & oil painting and Ganapati idol making / clay modelling)

I have been doing painting and clay modelling since last 30 years and have been teaching it since last 6 years. In addition to my in-studio workshops, I create online courses through which I can teach people anywhere in the world.


2013 • 16th Jan to 23rd Jan 2013: Three artists' show titled “Trilogy II" held at “Darpan Art Gallery", Pune.

2011 • 11th to 20th Dec 2011: Solo show held at Grubshup restaurant, Pune.
• 28th September to 4th October 2011: Three artists' show titled “Trilogy" held at “Darpan Art Gallery", Pune.
2010 • 30th May to 12th June 2010: “Artfest 2010 – Summer", a group show by Indiaart at Empress Garden and Balgadharwa Art Gallery, Pune.
2009 • 4th to 10th June 2009: Solo exhibition held at Indiaart Gallery, Pune. This exhibition featured 41 Oil and acrylic color paintings.
2007 • April 2007: 3 day workshop held by Art2Day gallery at Harne near Dapoli and group show held at the Art2Day gallery in Pune.
• 29th July to 4th August 2007: Participated in “Affordable Art" group show held at Indiaart gallery, Pune.
2005 • March 2005: Participated in a group show held by Anantrang Art Foundation at Balgadharwa Art Gallery, Pune.
2003 • Participated in a group show held by Indian Maritime Association at Balgadharwa Art Gallery, Pune.
1999 • 15th to 17th May 1999: Solo exhibition held at Siemens Ltd., Goa. This exhibition featured 21 Oil and water color paintings.
• 17th November to 7th December 1999: Solo exhibition held at “Galeria de Bellas Artes" at Calangute, Goa.

Workshops conducted:

Eco friendly Ganapati idol making workshops

42 batches in my studio from 2011 – 2015 period
11 batches conducted in IT companies and schools in Pune and Mumbai

Clay modeling workshops
6 batches conducted in my studio

Portrait sculpture workshop
1 batch conducted in my studio under guidance of my Guru, Mr. C. G. Joshi

Drawing and Sketching workshops
2 batches conducted in two IT companies

Acrylic painting workshops
3 batches conducted in my studio

Oil painting Workshops
4 batches conducted in my studio

Corporate Collections of my paintings:
1. Siemens Ltd, Goa
2. L & T Infotech Ltd, Pune
3. Infosys BPO Ltd, Pune

Private Collections of my paintings:
1. Mrs. & Mr. Sitzmann, Greece
2. Mr. Simon, Nigeria
3. Mrs. & Mr. Nielsen, USA
4. Ms. Godbole, Pune
5. Mrs. & Mr. Phadke, Pune
6. Mrs. & Mr. Umarani, Pune
7. Mrs. & Mr. Joshi, Pune
8. Mrs. and Mr. Pethkar, Pune
9. Mr. Kudal, Pune
10. Dr. Prayag, Pune
11. Mr. Desai, UK

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