Date(s) - 11 Sep 2020
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
‘Mandala’ is a Sanskrit word meaning circle or wholeness. A mandala is a circular design that expresses wholeness through harmoniously bringing together colours, patterns and forms. Mandalas are found in many cultures, throughout history, in both religious and secular settings.
The mandala painting 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.
I have been making mandalas for most of my adult life, in one form or another; but my fascination with creating them geometrically sprang from studying Geometry in Nature while home educating my children.
My eyes were opened to the incredible precision of mandala-like patterns in natural forms; the ‘fiveness’ of a flower echoed within the geometry of its fruit; the golden spiral of a snail being identical in geometry to a spiral galaxy or an unfurling fern. Within nature we see reflected divine beauty; an inherent order to things which may seem lacking in the turbulence of daily life.
In this workshop we’ll cultivate a quality of attention that helps us appreciate the exquisite geometric forms in nature and positively influence how we relate to the world around us.
Inspired by the geometry of nature and symbolic language of shapes, we then apply our observations and inspirations to mandala making; drawing geometry with compass and ruler and painting with watercolour, while taking time to relax with guided meditation.
Whether your design is simple or complex, the process provides a satisfying way to work artistically that can bring a feeling of alignment and connection within yourself and with the world around you. Creating a personal pattern requires mindfulness, patience and quiet time.
‘Come Forth into the light of things, let nature be your guide’ – Wordsworth
Beginners welcome, all materials provided – though I encourage you to bring your own tools (compass, ruler, brushes) if you have them.
Tutor: Anne Thomas
Anne is a freelance artist and teacher based in Wales, UK. She has quietly painted mandalas for most of her adult life.
Or more info visit Anne’s website: www.shiningedge.co.uk
Fee: £40 (includes materials)
Places are limited to ten participants and must be booked in advance.