Drawing Mandalas NEW! Class
Saturday, March 3, 12:30-4:30pm
Instructor: Janet Strickler
Creating mandalas, which means “sacred circle” in Sanskrit, is an ancient art form. Although popularly associated with Eastern religions, mandalas have been used for many purposes by a variety of cultures. For example, psychoanalyst Carl Jung said of mandalas that they symbolize "a safe refuge of inner reconciliation and wholeness”, and he believed that his own mandala paintings helped him work toward an integration of personality. The focus of this workshop is to tap into that meditative aspect of the mandala in an accessible way, drawing from the patterns you didn’t even know you had in your head. Local artist Janet Strickler has a wealth of information to share about creating mandalas. She’s made a lifetime study of art history throughout the world, and has been influenced by such diverse objects as medieval manuscripts and architecture, American quilts, Australian aboriginal paintings, Byzantine mosaics, and the decorative traditions of India and the Middle East. The goal of her own art making is to create a beautiful, harmonious, and peaceful environment. Join Janet to work on creating your own original mandala, which you can choose to color or not. For Janet, drawing mandalas is all about quieting down and having something beautiful at the end. See a condensed video of her drawing a mandala for New Year’s Day below!
Please bring the following optional materials for class:
- Optional: colored pens/pencils and a fine point, waterproof pen in black or another favorite color
Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the first class meeting will be refunded or, at the participant's option, used to pay for another class. Two Hands Paperie will retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. After 14 days, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee for a class cancelled within this 14-day timeframe by a participant cannot be transferred to pay for another class. These policies are to ensure that teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing for the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 3 students enroll 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be called at the phone number on file and refunded the FULL class fee.
Janet Strickler, a mixed media artist living and working in Colorado, calls her work “Art of the Ordinary”. In truth, there’s nothing ordinary about what she does. What is ordinary is what she uses: recycled and reclaimed objects, construction leftovers, and natural materials. You can often find her in the Art Parts Creative Reuse store in Boulder, softly exclaiming to herself, “I could make art out of that!”. Much of Janet’s work, which involves a spiritual element, uses geometry and patterns. She hates to draw! Patterns serve as a starting point, but don’t necessarily result in a pre-determined layout. For her, art making is about beginning and then finding out where the piece leads her. True to her personal approach to art, Janet’s classes are fundamentally about exploring and experimenting. Rather than teaching students how to make an exact piece of art, she likes to demonstrate what can be done with a given set of materials and then turn students loose to play with them. It’s astonishing, and instructive, to see how different the results can be. Visit Janet's website: www.artoftheordinary.net
Time lapse of drawing a mandala for New Year's Day, Jan 1st 2016. About two and a half hours condensed into two and a half minutes.
New Year's Day...Time lapse of drawing a mandala for New Year's Day, Jan 1st 20...