Mandalas in Finland
2005 / Pori, Finland / Elena
is an artist from Latvia who had an art residency at the Portait
Gallery in Pori, Finland. She was attending art therapy classes
with the purpose to be able to work with the art therapy patients.
It was very interesting for the children to learn about mandalas,
as they had never heard of them. Their parents were quite interested
and enjoyed painting together with their children.
In my opinion,
it was a nice experience for both children and their parents.
The children were of different ages, from 5 to 13 years old.
So, for older chilgren I gave a bit more complicated tasks.
For example, I instructed them to imagine a wish and to paint
a mandala while thinking of that wish. Some children even wrote
their wishes, so that they would not forget it.
present the general concept of mandala
a mandala based on traditional Finnish ornamental motives.
(This part was the most difficult even with the examples
of the ornaments)
provide the possibility of self-reflection through the
process of drawing mandala.