Mandala Class - Huge Success!

Last week I had the honor of being one of the first teaching artists in the Studio J program at the Jewish Community Center in St. Paul. As you know, I believe "Art is Brain Food", its like Yoga for the mind. Art processes can be used to strengthen brain health, relieve stress and anxiety and have fun along the way. We did a beginning Mandala class using mixed media materials. The students were an engaging group! Warm, fun and beautiful ages 26-82- beginners to advanced artists. While they all learned how to make a mandala from scratch, they told me the most important lesson they learned is that there are NO mistakes in art! My students told me their favorite part of the class was in the affirmations they received from their fellow classmates and playing with new art materials. My favorite part was to receive their hugs, joy and gratittude at the end. It was a beautiful and touching experience for me. It was the best Thursday I have had in 2017!