Primary Years Mandala Workshop

Years 2 to 7

1.5 hour workshop per class

$5.00 per child

www.cathygrayinkwork.com.au

0413382291

Police clearance/RAN-EC Cert

3 PART LESSON

1. Introduction to the mandala (it’s history, examples in nature & uses for wellbeing)
2. Creating the mandala (tools & technique)

3. Reflection and discussion

Links to the Australian Curriculum

YEAR 2

Mathematics Measurement & Geometry – ACMMG042

Visual Arts – ACAVAM108

Health & PE- mental health and wellbeing

YEAR 3

Mathematics Measurement & Geometry – ACMMG066

Visual Arts – ACAVAM110

Health & PE- mental health and wellbeing -ACPPS033

YEAR 4

Mathematics Measurement & Geometry – ACMMG091

Visual Arts – ACAVAM110

Health & PE- mental health & wellbeing -ACPPS033

YEAR 5

Mathematics Measurement & Geometry – ACMMG112

Visual Arts – ACAVAM116

Health & PE – mental health and wellbeing

YEAR 6

Mathematics Measurement & Geometry – ACMNA133

Visual Arts – ACAVAM116

Health & PE – mental health and wellbeing

YEAR 7

Mathematics Measurement & Geometry – ACMMG181

Visual Arts – ACAVAM120

Health & PE – ACPPS077

Cross-curriculum priorities Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia

Schools to supply felt tip pen and a pencil.  Cathy Gray Ink Work will supply all other materials.

Childrens mandalas may not be completed in that time frame and teachers are encouraged to continue these into another art class time.

Minimum requirement 3 consecutive lessons across one or several year levels.

Edwardstown Primary School Year 6/7

Morgan Scottney-Turbill

The presentation at the start engaged students to understand the benefits of Mandalas and also where they can be seen in nature and everyday life. Having the prompts for students about what they could include in the mandala and the freedom of even when you make a mistake, your mistake can make it look great and don’t erase it! That was awesome.

Edwardstown Primary School years 4/5

We thought the Cathy Gray art incursion was fantastic.  Students had already been colouring pre-made mandalas during class relaxation time, but they loved creating their own.  We will definitely be continuing these in class time! I have also recommended her to teacher friends at other schools who were interested :)

Kind regards,

Caroline Fitzgerald

Edwardstown Primary School years 5/6

I thought that Cathy’s mandala workshop was excellent. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being outside of the classroom learning from a professional artist.  Cathy encouraged students to step out of the comfort zone and the artwork produced was of a high standard.  We will certainly be looking for opportunities for Cathy to work with us again soon.

Regards

Martin Richards

Stirling East Primary School

Linda McClelland

We had Cathy work with 3 classes at our school and I can say it was the best incursion we have had. When your students work completely silently for 40 minutes you know they are engaged. Everyone loved what they produced. Thanks Cathy

St Raphaels Primary School

It was such a great incursion Cathy Gray. Thank you so much! Our students enjoyed it thoroughly and I loved the way that you encouraged each student and your motto that there is no wrong way of doing it as long as you start from the middle. My year 2s would have happily continued working on their mandalas for the rest of the day if I had permitted them to.

Kelly Davies

St Raphaels Primary School

Thank you Cathy for a great Incursion with my Year 3 class yesterday. They all thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. I too was inspired!

Louise Claire

Wilderness Junior School

Cathy’s workshop was an outstanding and rewarding learning experience for our Year Fives. We booked Cathy’s workshop as an incursion as part of our Maths curriculum. Our students were very inspired by Cathy’s art and so engaged in the processes. The session extended each child’s creative thinking and perseverance. The students went on to identify line symmetry and rotational symmetry within their designs and described rotations, translations and reflections. We very much look forward to working with Cathy again next year!

 Here are a few of the girls’ testimonials.

I think that learning mandalas with Cathy Gray helps kids with their fine motor skills. It helps me relax and calm down. I think Cathy Gray does a great job teaching kids. – Rose (Year 5)

I think that learning mandalas with Cathy Gray is helpful because you learn how to do mindfulness and learn how to relax.  – Lyla and Minnie (Year 5)

Cathy Gray Ink Work & Roaming Zen Yoga Retreats

Just recently I teamed up with Roaming Zen Yoga Retreat at Jura House

I spent a wonderful few hours teaching this group how to create their own mandalas.

As our worlds become faster and busier every day, we are growing aware of the importance of slowing down, reducing stress and self discovery.  The art of creating our own Mandalas helps to quieten the mind and reconnect with our innerself.

They were able to each create a beautiful piece for themselves and I was pleased to hear they continued into the next day growing their mandala.

I will be joining Roaming Zen for future retreats

Lovely feedback from Jen of Roaming Zen

Thank you -Cathy!!! An amazing workshop for our @roamingzen retreat on the weekend!
The workshop was the highlight of the weekend for our guests!!

The meditative effect of creating the Mandala was an awesome experience for everyone!

Jen

@roamingzen

Upcoming event

Escape the everyday and create time and space just for you!

Jura House & Roaming Zen have collaborated to bring you a weekend retreat of Yoga, Pilates, Meditation, Relaxation and Nourishment.

Our weekend in February 2018 includes:

~ Yoga – Hatha and Yin Yoga, Pilates, Meditation and Relaxation
~ Nourishing Meals , Snacks and teas
~ Art Workshop – Mandala Meditation with Cathy Gray
~ In House Wine experience with local vineyards
~ hosted weekend with Roaming Zens Jen
~ 3 nights accomodation in the beautiful Jura House
~ stay Friday to Monday
~ and so much more!

Take this opportunity to create time and space just for you!

We have rooms still available , enquire below to
Jen at
to reserve your spot!!

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Instagram

Are you an Instagram addict?

Instagram is my favourite social media platform.  I love the visual Instagram offers and Im not the only one with 1.6 billion likes and 40 million photo’s posted daily its becoming a hugely popular platform.  I am sure I spend far too much time clicking away but I love the interaction Insta brings.  I even have ‘Insta’ friendship groups, friends that have been made through years of chatting away on this awesome platform. We support each other.  A great example of this is about a year ago one of the group of artists that I had friended was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  We all felt grief for her but were unsure just what we could do.  None of us were geographically close.   It was suggested that a collaboration of our artistic work would be a lovely gift and a small sign that we were there with her on this painful journey. We sent work from around Australia to one of the group in Mt Gambier, she created a collage of our work.  It was an amazing moment when she received the package and posted a photo with the collage and a very emotional message to go with it.   You know the saying ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’.

My account is almost solely art but occasionally I throw in a pic of something I love be it my family, wine or the odd dog.  I run competitions through Instagram and keep you up to date with exhibitions and open days.  So next time you are there come over and say Hello.

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RAD

Please go over and check out my interview with Radelaide by Brittany Evins.

With SALA festival on our doorstep, there are many artists who have been preparing their work for exhibiting. One of these talented and passionate beings is Cathy Gray, who explains Adelaide’s art scene as “one of the most supportive cities to be exhibiting and creating art.”

Gray is a mother of two, whose work has blossomed as she has progressed into more detailed mandalas. So much so, she took on art as a full time job in August, 2014.

The most interesting and awe-inspiring concept of her work is that she doesn’t plan any of the pieces. She said, “the only plan I have when I begin a piece is whether it will be a circle of a square. From there I start with just a dot in the middle.” Occasionally sketching out a few designs before going over them in pen. Each line is drawn free hand with no help from a computer or any technology. Although a strenuous and time consuming process, the passion and love she has for her ink work shines through in each piece.

 

Balance. Representing the balance between your soul and your being.

Balance. Representing the balance between your soul and your being.

 

Tools of the trade include:

✓ Compass
✓ Archival ink pen- “I use about 15 pens per artwork”
✓ Pencil
✓ Super smooth hot press paper

 

How long does each piece take you?
The longest one piece has taken me was about 200 hours. I spent so long on it and then I didn’t like it. I woke up in the morning and I had to do something to it and slipped, so then came a big black circle around it. As soon as I did that I said to myself, oh wow, I really love that now. The mistakes are all apart of my work, but each piece will take up to 200 hours.

Do you have any inspiration?
Not really, it’s all in my head… it’s a bit of a worry isn’t it! I don’t really know if I have an inspiration, there isn’t really anything I look at. I have done some research previously for my butterfly piece. It was after four rows of butterflies that I decided I wanted to do the whole piece as butterflies, so I did some research then. Otherwise it’s all in my head.

Why do you draw in black and white?
This work needs the calming of the black and white. Black and white can really settle your mind and visually settle your eye. I’ll never do these in colour. I do have another range, which is my décor range, which is more playful. I’ll print those in any colour, but not these.

How would you describe your work?
Intensive and precise. It’s a labour of love and they are a labour!! Don’t get me wrong, I love the process.

What is the hardest thing you find with your art?
It’s knowing when to stop. When I’ve finished the majority of the piece I have to set a time with the photographer or i’d keep going, and going, and going! The more pressure and time constraints, the more difficult it becomes… but the actual process isn’t hard, I really love my work. Art is in my genes too, I’ve always just done it. Not to this extent, but this is my passion. It’s where I want to be.

Who are your main customers?
I’ve sold to people in England, Singapore and America, which were all through Instagram actually! That’s how I get the majority of my customers. My main sellers are actually males who are generally accountants, surgeons or people who like numbers. I think it’s because they like the precision, my pattern work is very math based so I think that’s why they are attracted to them.

Reach - Drawn entirely with Butterflies. Representing the power to choose our destiny.

Reach – Drawn entirely with Butterflies. Representing the power to choose our destiny.

Each of Gray’s pieces are so detailed that every time you come back to it, you’ll see something different. Each artwork means something different to each person, evoking different emotions depending on the individual. Gray explained, “I want it to give you something… it’s about what it does for you, that’s what art is all about. To me it’s all about putting a little of you into the art.”

The piece below is about how us, as humans, interact with the environment, the clinical movement of interaction. To others, it’s an English Garden as an areal shot and to another, the back of a watch or clock, the cogs intertwining. To me, it represents ripples in a pond as the droplets spiral out.

 

We recommend checking out Cathy’s exhibition at this years SALA Festival. The astonishing and beautiful art that she creates is breathtaking and you cannot miss seeing the large scale mandalas in person!

Where: Adelaide Convention (Exhibition) Center
When: Opening night Wednesday, August 5, 6-7:30pm- continuing until the 30th of August.
Instagram: @cathygray

All images supplied via Cathy Gray & Cathy Gray Ink Work Art Facebook

 


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I am often asked “why black and white? why not colour?”

For me it’s the simplicity of black and white.  In all of the complexity of my art, restricting the colour palate to black and white brings with it a certain stillness. While a coloured palate enables you to glance at a picture and see the colours, black and white forces you to stop and look deeper into the piece; allowing you to see the story behind the art.  A story that will become your story, a path, a journey, time, a reflection of you.

A monochrome piece will hang well in any home.  Black and white is classical;  in a brightly coloured or busy room it will give your eyes a place to rest and in a neutral room it will add depth and balance.  No matter what your decor it will always look timeless.

So welcome to my world of black and white and all its beauty.

Work in situ

Black and White beautiful in any room


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