An Art-Steeped Bali Resort Launches Classes With Famous Local Painters

A storied Bali resort that has long immersed guests in one of the island’s most impressive personal art collections is sparking creativity with new hands-on art classes with the same Indonesian artists whose work adorns the property. 

The bespoke three-hour private painting sessions are held at Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana, with an award-winning local artist. Several painters, whose collections have been featured at the Hadiprana Gallery and are on display throughout the property, are available for the lessons. Guests have the option to choose an artist whose painting-style resonates with them. 

Tanah Gajah and the Hadiprana family have long held a deep connection to Indonesia’s art scene. The property was once the former private estate of noted Indonesian designer and art collector, Hendra Hadiprana. A pioneer in Indonesia’s art scene, the family’s late patriarch opened Indonesia’s first art gallery in Jakarta sixty years ago.

When Tanah Gajah became a resort, much of the collection Hadiprana assembled over three decades remained. His array of stone-carved sculptures, paintings from local artists, and ancient vases has long drawn art lovers to the secluded Ubud property. 

“Art has always been part of the fabric of our resort,” said Deasy Swandarini, GM of Tanah Gajah Ubud. “We created these new art classes so our guests could connect more deeply to the rich art scene both on site and in Bali and create something one-of-a-kind to remember their time on the island.” 

The painting classes are available upon request. Each session (approximately three hours) is IDR 1,500,000 ++ (USD 104 ++), with additional sessions offered at 50% of the initial price. 

In addition to oil painting classes, the hotel works with a local egg painting artist for guests interested in this Balinese craft where intricate images are painted onto an egg shell. 

Children are also not left out. While there are no formal art classes for kids the resort offers access to a new art room as part of their club benefits. Families are able to book the space which is filled with art supplies such as water colors for children to paint freely or coloring books that introduce Balinese cultural elements, from costumes to villages. Each guest’s personal butler will be on hand to explain the significance of each image.

“We want to spark imagination and creativity in all ages through art,” added Swandarini. “Art is a therapeutic activity that helps calm a busy mind. There are few places as serene as our property to slow down, feel inspired, and tap into your inner artist.” 

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