Making Mandalas with Ellen Rosewall
This workshop is entirely virtual. Upon checkout, a link to the class video will be emailed to you.
$20 per person
The word “mandala” means “sacred circle” in Sanskrit. The creation of art by drawing or painting within a circle has emerged within many cultures and throughout history. In this workshop, we will explore the timeless art of mandala making from both the artistic and the meditative perspective. We will discuss traditional and contemporary mandala methods, using color and shape, and employing geometry to create symmetrical and creative works. We will start with discussing the spiritual traditions of mandala making in various cultures, and use this knowledge to create our own mandalas.
*New for the virtual class: Each student who registers will receive a complimentary 1 hour long Zoom meeting with Ellen. She will contact you after check out is complete to arrange the time/date for your session.
Supplies: Students will be responsible for purchasing/providing all necessary supplies for the class. Direct links of what Ellen recommends are available here
- Several sheets of 8 ½ x11 copier paper
- Optional: 9 x 12 art quality white paper – Although you can use copier paper for all of the exercises, using high quality art paper for your full mandalas will allow you to create smooth, consistent lines and colors on the page, and will be more durable if you want to keep your creations
Drawing and coloring implements:
- A variety of colored pencils, including one white and one black pencil. I prefer Prismacolor pencils, because they have a high wax content and lay down beautifully on paper. Here is a good starter set
- Optional: fine-tip felt pen. My favorite brand is Micron, and they come in various sizes from 1-20. For this purpose you’ll need a 5 or 6. A fine tip Sharpie will also work. This is for outlining, so you can also use the black pencil if you don’t want to get a felt-tip.
- #2 pencil and eraser
- Straight edge ruler
- Compass (a basic student compass is fine)
- Protractor (again, student quality is fine)
Instructor: Ellen Rosewall
Ellen Rosewall retired last year after twenty years of chairing the Arts Management program at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. As an artist, she specializes in textiles and mandala work. Her work has been shown at the ARTgarage in Green Bay, the Lawton Gallery at UWGB, the Artless Bastard in DePere, Baer Gallery at St. Norbert College, the Steinhilfer Gallery in Oshkosh, and WomanMade Gallery in Chicago. Her mandala art was chosen for a mandala coloring book by the 100 Mandalas Project.