Stay Home Art Challenge: Mandala and Kōlam Activity

The MCAC is participating in #mindfulmay and we are using the Stay Home Art Challenge to promote activities that benefit our emotional and mental health. Today's activity is a Mandala or Kōlam. A Mandala is a geometric design that means "circle" in Sanskrit. In their most basic form, Mandalas are circles that build around a central point and are symmetrical with repeating patterns. Mandalas are meditative and as you create you are able to empty your mind of worry and anxiety. A Kōlam is traditionally made by creating a symmetrical, geometric, abstract forms out of rice flour on the doorways of homes in India. The Kōlam is a visual prayer that are seen and walked on throughout the day. These two examples of creating something intricate and beautiful from something very simple are our inspiration for today's activity. So create one on the sidewalk, on paper or on canvas, use one color or a different color with each section. If you make a mistake, incorporate it into the piece, there's no wrong way to make a Mandala or Kōlam. 

We would love to see your work. Please send us a picture of your drawings or paintings through our email at by 5:00pm on Wednesday, May 20th and we will share your work with our MCAC community. We can't wait to see what you create!

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Hansini Gubbala
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