In this weaving workshop, students are encouraged to take artistic risks as they discover their personal style. Making art requires us to be totally present with process. Delving into the depths of the present moment and using that time and space to create, is a restorative process. Mats, bags, and bookmarks are all woven on personally handmade cardboard looms in a rhythmic fashion.
Mandalas are circular designs, with a center around which revolves an organized, repeating design. In Sanskrit, the word mandala means “circle.” The circular design of the Mandala represents wholeness and symbolizes unity in the world and unity in our personal lives. Participants are introduced to Mandala design, learn its history and uses, and then create their own mandalas. The language of color and shape, the art principles of balance and emphasis, as well as new techniques with colored pencils are also gained as the Mandalas are created.
Judeth Pekala Hawkins: Judeth is a professional visual artist whose intensely personal work and unmistakable style has been recognized and awarded throughout the Mid-Atlantic states. She balances the solitude of personal studio work with the excitement of creating alongside others as a teaching artist. She is rostered with the PA Council for the Arts and holds a certificate from the National Center for Creative Aging.