Mandala is a sanskrit word for “circle” or “completion”. It is recognized for its deep spiritual meaning and representation of wholeness. Psychoanalyst Carl Jung called it a representation of the unconscious self. Whatever you are feeling at that time, whatever emotions are coming through will be represented in your mandala art therapy.
Mandalas can be seen all around us, and kids have a very special way of observing the world and interpreting themselves so its always very interesting to have a glimpse of their thought process.
Layag Pilipinas (thanks to Kythe Inc.) bonded with the pediatric cancer patients of Tarlac Provincial Hospital for one morning of making and painting mandalas using poster and oil paint.
We started a group activity where all the kids can get to collaborate on making one big mandala…
They filled it in with different shapes and symbols. Can you spot the eye? The hunter? The turtle? The sun?
An hour later… VIOLA! A masterpiece!
One 5 year-old who arrived late wanted to make his own big mandala!
This was how he practiced his brush strokes!
Then we started coloring in the free mandala drawings I downloaded online.
Such colorful mandalas were made!