Witchitrong – Nanmee: Acrylic Workshop

It was a real pleasure to attend the Witchitrong Acrylic workshop at NANMEE, with  Ajarn Aree Sutthiphan as the master artist. Ajarn Aree taught us to free our minds and unlearn everything that we have learned in art. This time, just being free and play with colors.

I brought along with me, two of my beloved students, Napassakorn Kittiyopas and Pavaris Thongthanomkul into this exciting acrylic workshop. Honestly, everything was spoken in Thai and a couple of English, so I had Nassakorn translate everything to me. Then later on, painting time! There is no need of translation.

He had us paint a board with brilliant and dark hues, as we want them to be, and when it was dry, he painted on the boards himself. After that he had us stick masking tape on his painted lines. We were using the asking technique. Then we painted our final layer, of any thoughts and ideas we had, on the taped boards. After our boards dried, stripping was fun!

The Witchirong Artist Series is an acrylic paint set that we used during the workshop. Painting with them was an ease and it just worked perfectly the same as western brands. This acrylic paint has been developed by Silapakorn University, Thailand; hoping to produce for the Thai and Asian artist community. Well they did great actually.

I would like to express my gratitude and thanks to NANMEE for having this workshop available to the learning community. Truly it helped us open new avenues towards expressing our thoughts visually. The NANMEE staff has also been great in facilitating our needs and comfort at the venue.



Ali Bernie Buga-y has been a teacher in arts and music to different international schools in Thailand for nine years until he decided to enjoy the full time lifestyle of being a visual artist. Together with his family, he travels to different national parks in Thailand to experience true encounters in nature and the wildlife. His love for the birds and animals is the driving force that motivates him to photograph and paint them as seen in the wild. The joys of birding can only be shared through visual representations of these lovely feathered creatures carefully studied and observed in their natural habitat. As a graduate of Theology, he perfectly understands that somehow man should find ways to emerge himself to an edenic experience here on earth; and through these physical experiences man may again find spirituality beholding nature. Complicated as it may seem, Bernie finds it refreshing to the mind and soul as nature reveals itself when he observes and study them carefully through photography.

1 Comment

  • Pavaris

    This is the great workshop! I have learned a lot from this also.

    April 22, 2012 at 8:44 pm