Making Mandalas with Ellen Rosewall
Saturday, August 22, 2020 |9:30am-12pm and 1pm-3:30pm (choose either session, or both)
$45/class + $10 kit fee for each session, or $80 + $10 kit fee for both (Members save 10% on classes!)
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 these two workshops, we will explore the timeless art of mandala making from both the artistic and the meditative perspective. In the morning workshop, we will discuss traditional and contemporary mandala methods, using color and shape, and employing geometry to create symmetrical and creative works. In the afternoon, we will discuss the use of mandalas as a meditative tool. We will start with discussing the spiritual traditions of mandala making in various cultures, and use this knowledge to create our own mandalas based on meditation.
Either class can be taken separately, but if you have no previous experience with mandala making, we highly encourage you to start with the morning workshop. Each participant will receive a kit containing colored pencils, a compass and ruler, and construction paper. If you have your own colored pencils, you may bring them, but we encourage high quality pencils (such as Prismacolor) as these will have the sturdiness, depth of color and blending ability to make the most of your work.
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.
Here at River Arts, your safety is the most important thing for us. We plan to run studio classes, but with the following safety precautions added:
- A limit of 7 students in each class
- All students will work at their own 6ft table, maintaining social distancing
- Studio staff will clean and disinfect all surfaces at the beginning and end of each day. The studio is only used for classes, so no other people will be in the space between classes.
- Latex-free rubber gloves, disposable masks, and hand sanitizer will be available to all students free of charge
- Face masks are required
- We’ve also updated our cancellation policy
We plan to keep these measures in place through the summer at least, and maybe into the fall depending on where things are at. It’s very much a day-by-day process at this point. Thank you!