Photo: Water cascading over Caban Coch
by David Chandler

Mandala Art Workshop

On the 1st March, the Art Group held a Mandala Art Workshop.

Mandala is a Sanskrit word that means "circle".

The process of making a Mandala's is used to help encourage and inspire inward contemplation during the creation of artwork. In the Buddhist and Hindu religious traditions their sacred art often takes a mandala form. Picture monks creating mandalas in fine coloured sand and then destroying them to show transitory nature of all things.

Anyone can have a go at making these satisfying patterns using pencil, ink or colours Start with a dot in the middle of a piece of paper. Then begin a tight spiral from that central point, opening the spiral as you work towards the outer edge of the paper Then divide paper into quarters through the central point Now begin to make a pattern ensuring what ever you do in one quarter is repeated in the other three.

Have fun, relax and enjoy the process - you may be surprised at the result.