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Mindfulness Mandala Art Classes at Studio 550

I am so thrilled to announce that I have found a spot right here in my home city of Manchester, NH to offer mandala art classes on a regular basis. Studio 550 Art Center is conveniently located in downtown Manchester, NH on Elm Street.

Mindfulness Mandala Art Classes are held on Tuesdays with the same mandala lesson offered at two times, afternoons starting at 1 p.m. and evenings starting at 6 p.m. Workshops run 2 to 3 hours depending on the lesson.

Each week features

  • a new mandala art lesson
  • guided meditation to gently awaken your creativity
  • demonstrations and easy to follow step-by-step instructions
  • a theme to create mandala art for self expression and insight

Sign up for one, two, or every class. Each lesson stands on it’s own so you can pick and choose the class that piques your curiosity and works best for your schedule.

What’s a mandala?

Mandala with it’s roots in the Hindu and Buddhist cultures is a Sanskrit word that loosely translates to mean circle or center. Typically the shapes and colors are arranged in a symmetrical pattern “radiating” from the center point. The circle has captured the fascination of artists across all cultures. We see examples of circular art forms in cathedral stained glass windows, Celtic spirals, Navajo sand paintings, and the Chinese Yin Yang.

In contemporary mandala art, any design within a circle is considered a mandala. Often contemporary mandalas are created for self expression, insight, and healing.

The Mindfulness Mandala Art Classes at Studio 550 Art Center explore a wide range of artistic styles, cultural motifs, and contemplative themes.

Workshop Schedule At-a-Glance

  • April 9, 2019 – Labyrinths
  • April 16, 2019 – Introduction to Mandala Art
  • April 23, 2019 – Seed of Life
  • April 30, 2019 – Squaring the Circle
  • May 7, 2019 – Introduction to Mandala Art
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Each participant begins with the same starting point and ends with a unique work of art
in the Opening the Door to Mandala Art Lesson.
Introduction to Creating Mandala Art
Each participant begins with the same starting point and ends with a unique work of art.

Introduction to Creating Mandala Art

Give yourself an afternoon or evening of relaxation and play. Immerse yourself in beauty, color and form in a practice that fosters mindfulness and awakens your creativity. The mandala is a circular art form that anyone can learn how to draw. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to construct a traditional style mandala. Each participant begins with the same starting point and ends with a unique work of art.

Share the creative joy and invite a friend!

Mary Tanzer (r) holding her very first mandala with Kathryn Costa (l) holding her book, “The Mandala Guidebook.”

Introduction to Creating Mandala Art
Studio 550 Art Center, 550 Elm Street, Manchester, NH
Limited spaces
3-hour workshop
$40
Includes all tools and supplies
No art experience required

REGISTRATION OPTIONS
Click on the session below to register.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

  • Afternoon Session (1:00 to 4:00 pm) – registration closed
  • Evening Session (6:00 to 9:00 pm) – registration closed

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

  • Afternoon Session (1:00 to 4:00 pm) – registration closed
  • Evening Session (6:00 to 9:00 pm)
Awaken your creativity and reflect on your life's path in the Labyrinth Mandala Art Lesson.
Awaken your creativity and reflect on your life’s path in the Labyrinth Mandala Art Lesson.

Creating Labyrinth Mandala Art for Insight

What do labyrinths and the expressive arts have in common? Both offer us the time and space to unplug from the busyness and distractions of our daily lives. Based on a spiral, a labyrinth is a circuitous path that leads to a center point. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to draw a labyrinth in the medieval style inspired by the labyrinth found at the Cathedral of Chartres, France. Once drawn, we’ll “walk” along the path by adding color and journal writing. This is a lovely activity that will give you time to reflect on where you’re at on your life’s journey.

The journey is best when shared with a friend. Who will you invite?

Studio 550 Art Center, 550 Elm Street, Manchester, NH
Limited spaces
3-hour workshop
$40
Includes all tools and supplies
No art experience required

REGISTRATION OPTIONS
Click on the session below to register.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

  • Afternoon Session (1:00 to 4:00 pm) – registration closed
  • Evening Session (6:00 to 9:00 pm) – registration closed
Reflect on the many circles in your life in the Seed of Life Sacred Geometry Mandala Art Lesson.
Seed of Life Mandala Workshop

Seed of Life Mandala: Planting Intentions

The Seed of Life is an elegant design from sacred geometry that’s surprisingly easy to construct. The overlapping circles in this mandala offer a place to reflect on the many circles in your life – family, friends, colleagues, community groups or areas of your life, physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, home, career. How do these circles in your life intersect? What needs your attention right now and what intentions do you want to plant?

Share the creative joy and invite a friend!

Studio 550 Art Center, 550 Elm Street, Manchester, NH
Limited spaces
2-hour workshop
$30
Includes all tools and supplies
No art experience required

REGISTRATION OPTIONS
Click on the session below to register.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

  • Afternoon Session (1:00 to 3:00 pm) – registration closed
  • Evening Session (6:00 to 8:00 pm)
Squares are often found in traditional mandala art used for mediation. Find your balance and get grounded in the Squaring the Circle Mandala Art Lesson.
Squares are often found in traditional mandala art used for mediation.
Find your balance and get grounded in the Squaring the Circle Mandala Art Lesson.

Squaring the Circle & Finding Balance
Mindfulness Mandala Art Lesson

Creating and coloring mandala art is known for offering a deeply relaxing experience. The square is a shape commonly found in traditional mandalas used for meditation as it adds a grounding and stable element. In this mandala lesson, you’ll discover how easy it is to “square the circle” by drawing a progression of circles and squares in different sizes.

Share the creative joy and invite a friend!

Studio 550 Art Center, 550 Elm Street, Manchester, NH
Limited spaces
2-hour Workshop
$30
Includes all tools and supplies
No art experience required

REGISTRATION OPTIONS
Click on the session below to register.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

  • Afternoon Session (1:00 to 3:00 pm) – registration closed
  • Evening Session (6:00 to 8:00 pm)


About the Instructor

Kathryn Costa is an artist, writer and educator whose passion can be summed up in three little words, “create and connect.” Kathryn’s workshops help people to find clarity, let go of fear, embrace their dreams and explore their creativity. Kathryn has opened the door to creative joy to thousands of people from 175 countries in her workshops, YouTube videos, and book, “The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint and Color Expressive Mandala Art.” She lives in New Hampshire with her Brazilian husband Fernando.

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