Our latest art project has been creating Mandalas. The word “mandala” is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. It is loosely translated to mean “circle.”
Mandalas represent wholeness and can be seen as a model for the organisational structure of life. It is a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relationship to the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds. The Mandala pattern is used in many religious traditions.
Mandalas are mainly used as a form of meditation. The design of the mandala is supposed to be visually appealing, to absorb the mind so that the irritating thoughts are unable to get through and a spiritual essence surrounds the individual observing the mandala. The person can almost become hypnotised and allow the busy mind to take a break while the creative mind is allowed to run free.
We firstly were given a template to practise some designs. This allowed us to experiment with lines and shapes and colours. Once we practised a few times we were able to make a decision on which design we would like to use for our good copy. We then created our final copies and they look fantastic!