While there may not necessarily be a Cambodian artist who's acquired celebrity status in the world of art, but there are countless numbers with talent that deserve more recognition than they're given. After all, these are the very same artists whose ancestors have stamped their artistic authority on the temples of Angkor.Hidden in the backstreets, we've found several of these artists and all of them want to share their talents with the world. We've designed this experience specifically for those who're interested in art and want to learn directly from the artists who make up the art world of Cambodia.
You will first meet at young and aspiring artist, Nou, who is also a student at the Royal University of Fine Arts. He will give you lesson on spoon painting and while spoon painting may appear difficult at first, you will be surprise how easy it is to get the hand of it. With your spoon painting skills in check, we will go back to the basics and attend a pencil sketching workshop, all you have to do is show your host Souen the picture you'd like to draw and he'll be able to teach you all that you need to draw that and practice on your own. The 2 basic techniques of drawing are outlining and shading and you will need to take note of the proportions of the basic figures you draw in the beginning to ensure that the end product looks good.
The final stop on this experience with Long Samnang, who is originally from the Takeo province but moved to Phnom Penh to study fine arts. Today he practices an extremely specialized form of art, candle carving, this is and art form practiced by only a few masters in Cambodia where slabs of wax are carved into intricate and complex patterns usually for sale to temples and art aficionados. Due to the high level of craftsmanship and skill, carved candles are highly prized, relatively expensive and difficult to even obtain. And you will get a hands on session at this art, and we're certain you will take a home with you a carved candle piece you can proudly call your creation. :)
9am: Hotel pick up
9:30am: Spoon painting lesson
12pm: Lunch provided
1pm: Begin Pencil sketching
3pm: Head over to Candle carving
3:15pm: Candle carving workshop
5pm: Drop back to hotel