April 22nd 2017, 10am to 4pm (please arrive at 9.45am for a 10am start)
With tutor Anne Thomas
In this workshop, we will be studying the intrinsic geometry of plants and the symbolic language of geometric shapes, to find inspiration for creating our own mandala paintings. We will practice drawing geometry with compass and ruler and painting with water-color, while taking time to relax and go deeper within, with guided meditation.
Our focus will embrace the season, the flowers, the weather and elemental energy of this time of year, how this affects us and how we may create a design to hold a positive affirmation for ourselves/family/community at this time.
‘Mandala’ is a Sanskrit word meaning circle or wholeness. A mandala is a circular design that expresses wholeness through harmoniously bringing together colors, patterns and forms. Mandalas are found in many cultures, throughout history, in both religious and secular settings.
The mandala can be a focus for meditation, both during its creation and subsequently, as an object of contemplation. It can be perfectly simple, or elaborately complex in colour and construction, incorporating symbols and sacred geometry.
Whether simple or complex, the creation of a mandala can be a deeply satisfying process, providing a way to work artistically that can help us feel more centred and connected within ourselves and the world around us.
This workshop is suitable for beginners, as well as experienced artists.
‘Come Forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher’ – Wordsworth
Anne is a freelance artist and teacher based in Wales, UK. She has quietly painted mandalas for most of her adult life.
What to bring:
Materials are provided, but do bring your own brushes, pencils, ruler and compass if you prefer.
Teas provided, but please make your own provision for lunch.
More info about the shape of the day:
10am to 4pm
Arrival, greeting, practicalities
Introducing mandalas and sacred geometry of the circle
Drawing circles, painting a background using watercolour
Dreaming a design based on geometry of four/eight
Continuing with drawing up and painting designs
Considering mindful brush work, colour, symbolism
Balancing elements, squaring the circle – finishing the painting
Blessing the paintings and closing ceremony.