Each week, you will be asked to watch some fantastic videos that will present a different focus theme to you. Then you’ll practice the presented ideas through our creative exercises. Next, you will respond to what you’ve learned and finally share your thoughts and creations. The weekly information presented in the video will be synthesized into beautiful PDFs that you are welcome to print out and place in your sketchbook journal.
We will create our mandalas on small sheets of paper – 4” x 6”. By the end of Mindful Mandalas, you will have produced quite a few of these. You can preserve your mandalas by sealing them within acrylic laminate pockets.
This is where your sketchbook journal will come into play. Each week, I will pose some questions for you to ponder. They will allow you to dig a bit deeper into the focus of the week. Your sketchbook/journal will be the keeper of your thoughts, the holder of the questions that will arise during the next ten weeks! It will also serve as an alternative place for you to create additional mandalas.
Along the way, we will be adding words and phrases to our mandalas. At the closing of our eight weeks together, you will have a “set," a collection of Mindful Mandalas that will be a source of inspiration for you.
One of our hopes for Creating Brave is to develop a vibrant, caring online community. We hope you will share your creations, your insights, your fears, your joys, your ups and downs, your frustrations, and your successes. We will show you how. After each lesson, you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts and your visual creations. This is of course optional, but we hope you will help us build our Creating Brave community of support.
After you pay and enroll, you will be asked to provide your email address and create your own password. Please keep this information in a prominent and secure location, as you will need to provide this information in order to log in. Then, you will receive a confirmation email. This confirms your participation and your place in the course.
After your payment clears for a class, you will be sent an email that will introduce you to who we are, what we do, and why we do what we do. You will be able to access three welcome videos to watch. These explain the meaning of Creating Brave, introduce you to Heidi’s take on teaching, and acquaint you with the idea of art as healing.
You will also be guided in how to prepare for the first class. A supply list will be provided. Then you can relax and wait for the first day of class.
Prior to the start of the class, we‘ll send you a reminder. By receiving the confirmation emails, you are assured of a seat in class, and you agree to keep the page's password strictly to yourself and to not share it with others.
Heidi Darr-Hope is a compassionate, dedicated artist and teacher. She has over 20 years of experience in teaching art-as-healing methods to cancer patients and survivors, and over 40 years of experience as a professional studio artist.
Take a look at her website to learn more about her artmaking studio life: http://www.darr-hope.com/
Each week, you will be asked to watch 23 fantastic videos that will present a different focus theme to you. Then you’ll practice the presented ideas through our creative exercises. Next, you will respond to what you’ve learned and finally share your thoughts and creations in our community Gathering Place. Each week, the information presented in the video will be synthesized into beautiful PDF’s that you are welcome to print out and place in your sketchbook journal.
You will learn:
Eight individual, intuitive mandala practices:
- Black and White Mandalas
- Black and White Mandalas with Color Pencils
- Graphite Pencil Mandalas on White Paper
- Graphite Pencil Mandalas on White Paper with Color Pencils
- Radiating Mandalas
- Radiating Mandalas with Watercolor Pencils
- Individual Hand Mandalas
- Word Mandalas
Two community mandalas:
- Hand Mandalas
And countless ways to intermix all of these practices.
Content questions can be addressed in our Gathering Place section within the website, or you can email Heidi directly at [email protected]. We may not be able to respond to every single comment or post within our “Gathering Place." Our goal is to reserve that space for you, fellow creatives, to create your own individual community and connect fellow creatives with each other.
For technical support, you can reach out to [email protected].