Make a Mandala!

Mandalas: an art form, therapeutic tool, spiritual practice, and a gift. 

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Ever wanted to:

  • Tap into your creative side without fear of "doing it wrong"?
  • Create a unique piece of art made by you, that is frame-worthy to hang in your home?
  • Focus on something you are working on in your life  and have it shift almost magically?
  • Enjoy yourself in a community of like-minded people all creating together?
  • Have some (more) FUN in your life?

Yes, yes and more Yes??

Then I personally invite you to my first-ever Mandala Making Workshop!

November 19, 2014, 7-10pm

$110 includes all supplies, materials, and a 20x24" print of your work

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This second workshop is LIVE.  I am offering it at my studio in Tampa, Florida.  (Do not fret if you are not in my neck of the woods, I plan to offer this as an e-course in the very near future).

Get on the WAIT LIST for the c-course HERE!

In this workshop you will be led to make a fabulous creation by yours truly.

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I'm Paula Brett and I'm an artist, teacher, and divine mischief-maker.  I believe that even the most left-brained person on earth has an inner artist.  We are born with the ability to express ourselves, yet somehow along the way most of us get a little shut down.  I believe in exercising those parts of us that we may have closed off  just to see what wonderful things can happen when we OPEN!  We all have eyes to behold beauty and we all have hands that can create beauty.  Why not use them for this purpose?

My official Bio: 

From color-infused paintings and  candy mandalas to video self-portraits, Paula Brett’s broad body of work incorporates various combinations of media dealing with ideas such as created identity, coincidence, ritual, and transitory spaces.  Paula has has exhibited work in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Florida, Budapest, Hungary; and Timiosoara, Romania.  (That's just a stone's throw from Transylvania, for the geographically challenged.)

Most recently her Candy Mandalas were exhibited at the New York City's famous Dylan's Candy Bar.  She is represented by Elisa Contemporary Art in NYC and by Jules' Place in Boston, MA.  Brett's work is collected internationally and is included in private collections featuring Damien Hirst and  Hiroshi Sugimoto. Paula holds an BS in Art Education from the University of Georgia and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media from Columbia College Chicago. She currently resides in Tampa, Florida where she creates and teaches art, mothers two little boys, tries to keep up her yoga practice and be a good friend to her husband.

Paula is also an art instructor with 15 years of experience.  She has taught in pre-schools, elementary, and high schools as well as colleges and museums in many cities including: Atlanta, Chicago, Moscow, Budapest, and New York City.  Paula has been awarded several teaching grants as well as Top Visual Arts Student for the State of Georgia. After a stint abroad at the Anglo-American International School of Moscow, she moved to Budapest where she helped to spearhead two programs- the Arts Administration Program at the International Business School + Oxford Brookes University and the Docent Training Program for the Ludwig Museum.  At the same time, she started her own studio teaching drawing and painting to expats.

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 WHAT IS A MANDALA?

Mandala is as Sanskrit word: manda= essence, la=within; it is a circle that contains the essence. The mandala symbolizes the laws of the universe and, since man is a microcosm of the universe, many cultures believe that the mandala also symbolizes the human soul. I was first intrigued by Mandalas when I saw a documentary about the Tibetan Buddhist Monks who make elaborate Mandalas on the ground with sand. They are essentially prayers that take days to create.  When they are complete, they are blown away- showing the impermanence of life.

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In this Mandala Making Workshop, you will create your very own mandalas using the materials of your choice.  The objects will be arranged on the floor and then professionally photographed for you to keep an artful record of your creation.  Making a mandala is a meditative act that focuses energy where the maker chooses.  The objects, colors and design all come together with the intention of the maker to create a very powerful piece of art as well as a kind of transformation for the creator.

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The Mandala Making Workshop includes:

  • a sacred space for you to create your beautifully designed mandala

  • so many materials to create- candy, crystals and rocks, small toys, crafty items, paper, paint, flowers, odd objects, etc.

  • a large, full-color print (20x24") of your gorgeous mandala professionally photographed and edited (This alone is worth the price of admission!)

  • delicious hors d'oeuvres and fine, fine wine

  • a group of like-minded folk makin' mandalas

  • your guide and experienced mandala maker to help you make it STUNNING!

Wednesday, November 19th

7-10 pm

Space is limited to 8!  Sign up today to secure your space!

To register, CLICK the button below!

 

***I personally GUARANTEE you will love what you make.  There really is no way to make something wrong or ugly.  I promise.***
 

For the cost of a trip to the grocery store (yes, it's true)-- you can have an amazing experience feeling creatively inspired and walk away with a work of art SIGNED BY YOU,  that you are proud to frame and hang on your wall!  

Here is a little video about me and the mandala making process:

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It is so much fun to be a creative person.  And you have it in you.  I invite you to come with me and open up to your beautiful, wonderful artistic self.  Have fun.  Be playful.  It's easy.

“Life is the dancer and you are the dance.” ― Eckhart Tolle

 

Let's do this!

xo

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I am an artist who experiments with interactions.  By "testing the reactions" between various art media and subject matter, my intent is to allow connections between different ideas, images and objects to reveal new realities.  My process often employs chance operations, the notion of “play”, and spontaneous creation. These techniques are then worked and reworked until some sort of balance between the conscious and subconscious is reached.  My work often involves the absurd, created identity, coincidence, ritual, personal anecdote, and humor.

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TESTIMONIALS!  

My students say it best:    

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P.S.  If you're on the fence- remember the space really is limited!  Only 8 per workshop!  Get in there, arteest.