Sylvie tells us her storyExpressive Arts in Action

Part Two is a hands on workshop where we are actually working on individual mandalas with an invitiation to contribute to a group mandala. Part Two can simply be added to the second half of a break out session that includes Part One or it can spread out over a few days. In effect, it becomes an ongoing workshop that has the end result of a large community art project. I create a safe space with the needed tools to work on an individual mandala that can be added to a community made mandala.

There is a lot of talking and sharing stories.

More Talking and WorkingWorking and talkingPeople tell me how nice it is to feel young again as though being in my workshop reminds them of kindergarden, on a good day. I encourage making process art. The point is processing thoughts and talking about issues. The art is a means to get to deeper feelings. It is always about finding balance more than it is about making something perfectly presentatble in an art show. No. Gallery art is another kind of art that I can organize for conferences on adoption, but we are not looking for an amazing show to come out of this workshop. We are working on feeling better.

Sometimes we can sit at tables and sometimes we make do with the room we have. Either way, we always have fun enjoying ourselves.Process Art

Try this for Grade School
(K-12) Students:

Alternate Family Tree Project

It's Adoption Friendly!


Use your printer and your favorite 8.5 x 11 paper

Or Copy the files and use them at your favorite copy shop to make bigger poster size versions.

Four 4 inch Mandalas


One 8 inch Mandala


Or email me and I'll give you directions for making really really big ones. Also, you can take these files and get wild with a fun program like photoshop or (which is different from Paint).


Print it.

Color it in.

And make it your own.

Then share  it!


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