Ayutthaya Workshop Series: Academy-Wide Project

21 - 24 September 2020
Virtual - Zoom platform

As part of the academy-wide project using Ayutthaya as a creative stimulus, this 4-day workshop conducted for over 160 students across NAFA aim at introducing concepts pertaining to the historical and cultural significance of Ayutthaya.

Not only were students introduced to the history of the Ayutthaya Kingdom, they also had the opporunity to learn about the distinctive characteristics of Thai art through lectures on the development of traditional motifs and forms. Invited by ISEAA for the second time, Thai principals from Kansadaeng Watthanatham conducted a virtual workshop for student participants on body movements of traditional Thai theatre such as lakhon nok, lakhon nai as well as elements on classical Thai instruments and music of the piphat ensemble.

In all, students gain inspirations from the workshop sessions to explore and adopt multidisciplinary approaches to generate and develop new ideas and insights before expressing them into creative outcomes.


Dr. Bridget Tracy Tan, Director, Institute of Southeast Asian Arts & Art Galleries at NAFA explaining to students the evolution of form, line and space with examples of architectural feature of chedis

Dr. Bridget Tracy Tan explaining how an artist bring about awareness of Thai history, culture and symbols and the language of contemporary culture through a video on Wat Rong Khun

Paphutsorn Wongratanapitak, Thai principal from Kansadaeng Watthanatham, Bangkok, was invited by ISEAA to conduct a workshop on traditional Thai theatre, Lakhon Nok and Lakhon Nai

[Video] Performers from Kansadaeng Watthanatham demonstrating a scene from "Khawi", a Lakhon Nok story believed to have been composed by King Narai under the Ayutthaya period.

[Video] A hands-on session teaching students basic hand gestures used in traditional Thai theatrical-dance performances.