3-Day Workshop: Art as Prayer
Painting with Randal Roberts & Morgan Mandala

Please join us again for a 3-day intensive workshop exploring art as prayer, in the soothing setting of Alex and Allyson Grey’s visionary art sanctuary. In this class, we’ll look at different ways in which we can experience and express our consciousness with the practice of art. Participants will be encouraged to develop a unique and personal artistic language; to contemplate using art as a meditation and as a way of enhancing a connection to the deeper self.  

During our 3 days together, we will create several drawings using guided meditation and simple exercises, creating art to be present – and being present to create art.  Participants will dive into a guided intuitive painting process, and be introduced to layering and glazing techniques with acrylic paint.  Open studio will also feature an in-depth painting tutorial, and be a casual forum to mingle, discuss art, and get 1 on 1 consultation.

Class Schedule
Day 1  (July 5th):
Please arrive by 2pm.
3 pm – 4 pm  –  Introduction / Welcome circle
4 pm  – 6 pm  –  Drawing exercises / Meditation
6 pm – 7 pm – Dinner
7:30 pm – 9 pm  – Slideshow on “Art as Prayer”
9 pm – 11 pm – Open studio  / painting demos

Day 2 (July 6th)
9:30 am – 10:30 am – visualization / reading, drawing exercises
10:30 am  – 1 pm – Paintings session 1
1 pm – 2 pm – Lunch
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Open studio/ Painting session 2 – glazing demo
6 pm – 7 pm – Dinner
7:30 pm  – 11 pm – Open studio / Slideshow of Randal & Morgan’s work

Day 3 (July 7th)
10 am – 12:30 pm – share time / discussion, closing circle

1 pm – 2 pm – Lunch

Suggested Materials
– Sketchbook / journal
-( at least) 1 stretched & primed canvas (any size from 16” x 20”  –  36” x 36”)
– 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 (if you choose).
– A portfolio and/or finished painting, to share with the group
– Pens (recommended), pencils, colored pencils, and kneadable eraser.

Brushes (Recommended):
-2-4 filberts in assorted sizes
-1-2 small rounds/liners
-1”-2” flat brush for glazes

* All levels of painters welcome.
Some materials & colors will be available for shared use.

Randal Roberts

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
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.

Trinity, painting by, Morgan Mandala

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 Roberts & Morgan Mandala live painting at CoSM’s Full Moon Gathering.

“Metamorphosis” by Morgan Mandala

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

www.johnspeaker.com

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

www.hilaryastrid.com 

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

www.macpeters.com

“Xochipili” by Morgan Mandala


Accommodations

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.

Library

Guest Room Photo

The artwork of Alex Grey & Allyson Grey plus many other visionary artists are on display in the guest house.

The CoSM Store and the Mushroom Cafe will be open.

Location

CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, 46 Deer Hill Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.