I do not quite remember the first time I got a panic attack, or the first time I had these chain of thoughts that gradually became deep rooted. Initially, I would think that this is how humans function, this is how the mind works, and this is what adulting actually is. But since the moment these thoughts started being a hurdle for me in turn, I knew that something was wrong, and that something needs to be done about it. As a student, I was a scholar, an achiever, also a trained classical dancer and singer- I was always under the spotlight. People would admire me, talk to me about how popular I was in school and college but little did they all know that with all the recognition, I was still questioning my abilities each day, I would still feel incompetent, and would question myself every single day. Professionally, I am a Forensic Psychologist, and apart from that people say that I have good counseling skills, they say that I am a good listener. But this listener needs a good listener as well! Amidst all the chaos from the anxiety, keeping myself sane enough was the best I was doing at one point until now. But even that came with a lot of self-doubt. With this pertinent question in my mind as to what shall be done, here I am making art out of my anxiety!
Self-Realization through Mandala Art by Ankita
Mandalas are the artwork of the East – they are widely used in many Eastern cultures but are strongly associated with Buddhism You would likely have seen these geometric, diagrammatic, colourful pieces in a monastery with monks chanting as they prepare their art. Mandalas are used to represent the cosmos and the wholeness of all things. Not only is this art beautiful, the act of creating it is meditative.
About the Instructor (in their own words)
Professionally, I am a Forensic Psychologist, and apart from that people say that I have good counselling skills, they say that I am a good listener. Amidst all the chaos from the anxiety, keeping myself sane enough was the best I was doing at one point until now. But even that came with a lot of self-doubt. With this pertinent question in my mind as to what shall be done, here I am making art out of my anxiety! I hope you all love this art-ful journey along with me!
- History of Mandala art;
- Mandala art and its relation to psychology;
- Use of mandala art in mindfulness and self-realisation;
- Using grids to understand a few patterns;
- Making a mandala grid and completing the mandala;
Workshop Specific Points:
- Participants must have:
- A4/A3 size sheets/drawing book (please make sure that the sheets that you will use are a little thick, so that after using compass on it multiple times it does not tear away);
- Pen (gel pen or fine liners. Black pen will be preferred);
- The participants will have to be prepared with a 0.5cm/0.5cm square grids on one paper prior to the workshop so that making the pattern grid doesn’t consume time during the workshop and we can focus more on the mandala grid;
- No prior skill or experience is required for this workshop – Just a knack for art, little patience and lots of crazy ideas!
- Instructions will be in English. The instructor is also comfortable with Hindi and Bengali;
Other Important Points
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- Participants under the age of 16 must have a parent or guardian nearby to help them out if needed;
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