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Painting Your Inner Mandala

Instructor: Kalsang Dawa
Saturday, August 26 - Tuesday, August 29, 9am – 3:30pm
Early Bird Fee: $429 + GST
Regular Fee: $476 + GST
Deposit: $119 + GST (non refundable)
Supply Fee: $30.00 + GST

Scholarships and Bursaries are available for all Island Mountain Arts Programs, Link here for details.

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To register call 1-800-442-2787 or online below.

You can also mail a cheque to
Island Mountain Arts, Box 65,
Wells, BC, V0K 2R0

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Workshop Description:

This workshop will inspire you to connect with your emotions and express your true inner-spirit by creating a Mandala of your own. Through a guided process of meditation and sacred ritual, you will learn to create your own pigments through grinding of semi-precious minerals, and organic materials and stretching your own canvas. You will learn how to select, prepare and grind materials into powdered format, to mix pigment and ultimately create your own paint. You will learn techniques for thinning and thickening rock and mineral paint, and for extracting several layers of colour from individual stones. No experience required!


Kalsang Dawa grew up in Lhasa where he has painted traditional Tibetan art since the age of 14. He later moved to Dharamsala where he studied a rigorous thangka painting program under Master Artist, Venerable Sengye Yeshi, the former personal painter of the Dalai Lama.

In 1998, Kalsang moved to Vancouver, BC, Canada where he currently lives with his wife and daughter. He has been a faculty member at Emily Carr University of Art and Design since 2004.

Kalsang has exhibited his work at galleries and museums including The Royal British Columbia Museum, STM Art Gallery at University of Saskatchewan and Saint Norbert Arts Centre in Winnipeg, among others. His work has been commissioned by private collectors internationally. The Museum of Anthropology at UBC commissioned a Mandala of Compassion in 2009.

Kalsang's art prints have been sold at the Rubin Museum in New York and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Additionally, he has been profiled by CBC and the Vancouver Magazine and will be featured in the upcoming film Dancing On The Hurricane.

Kalsang teaches painting workshops throughout North America in the US and Canada and is the founder of Lapiz Healing Arts, a multidisciplinary school utilizing sacred art and traditional healing methods.

Events Include:

Friday, August 25, 7pm: Student Welcome Reception, IMA Gallery (2323 Pooley Street) – Meet your instructor and pick up your student information packages. This night is also the Opening for Dirk Vanstralen's Exhibition, "Failing Better."

Saturday, August 26, 5:30pm: Student BBQ, School, free for students

Saturday, August 26, 7pm: Artist Talk with Evelyn Armstrong

Sunday, August 27, 7pm: Artist Talk with Kalsang Dawa

Monday, August 28, 7pm: Reading with Betsy Warland and students

IMA students also receive free admission to Barkerville Historic Town and many discounts to local businesses.