Making Meaningful Art
with Randal Roberts & Morgan Mandala
Art as Prayer with Randal Roberts and Morgan Mandala is an annual opportunity of exploring how to create meaningful art. In this class, journey through the ways one can experience and express consciousness through the practice of art. Participants will be encouraged to develop a unique and personal artistic language to visually speak about what is important to them. Together the class will contemplate using art as a meditation to enhance a connection to the deeper self, and create a painting that is both meaningful to the artist, as well as the viewer.
For 3 days, create several drawings using guided meditation and simple exercises, creating art to be present – and being present to create art. With these practices in mind, participants will dive into a painting using a mix of disciplines to create a work that is personally meaningful through methods of observation and intuition.
Layering and glazing techniques with acrylic paint will expand on and refine our chosen subject matter to create a meaningful painting from conception to completion. Open studio will feature in-depth painting tutorials, art life tips and tricks, formal critiques discussing concepts and technique, and will be a casual forum to mingle and get 1 on 1 consultation.
12pm – 3pm: Arrival & check in. Please arrive by 2pm.
3 pm – 4 pm: Introduction / Welcome circle
4 pm – 6 pm: Drawing exercises / Meditation / prep subject matter
6 pm: Dinner
7:30 pm – 9 pm: Slideshow & Lecture: Creating Meaningful Art
9 pm – 11 pm: Open studio / painting demos / prep & begin paintings
9:30 am – 10:30 am: visualization / reading, drawing exercises
10:30 am – 1 pm: Painting session
1 pm: Lunch
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Open studio/ Painting session – glazing demo
7:30 pm – 11 pm: critiques / Open studio / Slideshow of Randal & Morgan’s work
9:30 am – 11 am: finish up paintings, tidy
11 am – 12:30 pm: share time / discussion, closing circle
1 pm – Lunch
•1 stretched & primed canvas (any size from 16” x 16” – 36” x 36”)
•1 to 2 ideas and/or sketches of a subject matter/ visual reference of interest to the participant (could be an object, person, icon, philosophy, practice, etc.)
•Acrylic paints, brushes, palette, rags, etc (various colors & sizes, to your personal taste).
•A work-in-progress painting / drawing from home, to work on during open session (optional)
•A portfolio, prints, and/or finished painting to share with the group
•Liquitex Gloss Medium and Varnish or preferred transparent glazing medium (recommended)
•Pens, pencils, and kneadable eraser.
Brushes (Recommended, not required):
•2-4 filberts in assorted sizes
•1-2, 1/4″-1/2″ angle shaders
•1-2 small rounds/liners
•1-2 , 1″-2″ flat brush for glazes
* All levels of painters welcome.
Some materials & colors will be available for shared use.
Randal Roberts is an internationally recognized self-taught painter. Having identified as an artist his whole life, at the age of 30 he was inspired to at last quit the factory job to dedicate himself to art full time after meeting Alex and Allyson Grey. After a yearlong soul-searching road trip across the U.S., Randal found a community at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, where he lived and worked for seven years.
During this time, he began building a body of artwork fusing various wisdom traditions, iconic symbolism, and profound personal experiences and relationships with the flow of ornamental design.
Since then, he has become a celebrated live-performance and studio painter. The organic sensibility and attention to detail in Randal’s paintings reveal his intuitive direction to “emphasize what you love about each brushstroke.” He has lived in the beautiful NY Hudson Valley, the beloved San Francisco Bay, and is currently based in Boulder, CO.
Morgan Mandala was born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois,USA, but has called the front range of Colorado home for a decade. She is most well-known for live painting, circular canvases, and imagery of fantastic naturalism combined with geometry. Morgan has toured throughout the United States and beyond the borders, teaching, painting, and constantly learning, often in collaboration with artist and partner, Randal Roberts.
Morgan earned a double BFA in painting and art History with a minor in philosophy at Colorado State University. Her studies sparked her interest in the relationship between art and spirituality, and how this relationship manifests itself throughout global cultures with special interest in shamanism. Many paintings are informed by her world travels, symbolic studies, and experiences with plant medicine.
Randal & Morgan’s art workshop was a complete turning point in my life. I was so nervous to attend; but that feeling was alleviated as soon as the class started. They are so friendly, and created a space where we all became fast friends. Randal & Morgan are a wealth of knowledge regarding everything from glazing techniques to making a living with your art. Though, the greatest gift that they offer is to show you how to loosen up, take chances, and discover your own creative voice. I took my first class with them three years ago and now find myself in a full-blown art career. So, yeah, do it!
– John Speaker
Randal and Morgan’s class “Art as Prayer” was an extraordinarily inspiring experience. I left so full of inspiration. Randal and Morgan fostered a safe, fun creative environment for their students. By the end of the class, we felt like a little art family. It was so fun to see their techniques and explore a very expressive and loose way of painting. This class is a great option for artists looking to explore a more expressive, fluid, and intuitive style of painting. This class will help you loosen up and get into your own creative flow!
– Hilary Astrid
I would highly recommend taking a workshop with Randal and Morgan – they both had a lot of insight to offer. I was very quickly made it feel like we were all just friends painting together, helping each other grow as artists, which was a real treasure. Lessons I took with me include focus on layers and flow – super valuable aspects in the process of creating, both for the enjoyment of the activity, and for a more compelling piece to look at.
– Mac Peters
Rooms are available for rent in the Grey House, CoSM’s fully renovated Visionary Victorian guest house.
Accommodations for this event must be booked directly through Hospitality. Please call 845-297-2323 ext. 104 or email us at [email protected]
To plan a future stay, please view our Booking Calendar.