In May 2016, I conducted an all-day interactive Rangoli workshop for the staff and patients of Northwest Medical Center in St. Albans, VT for their annual Hospital Week celebration. There was a steady stream of participants throughout the day, experimenting with temporary rangolis, a communal mindful doodle and making new friends over art-making. Surgeons and consultants worked alongside administrators, and patients became acquainted with kitchen staff, which added to the beautifully relaxed, creative and collegial atmosphere that day.
In October 2015, I was invited to teach a Rangoli workshop at the Annual Fall Conference for the Vermont Art Teachers Association, ‘Imagination Encircles The World’.
The conference was attended by over 75 art teachers from all over the state and was hosted by the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne VT. It was a real joy and a day filled with gratitude.
Throughout my middle and high school experience, it was my art teacher that developed and nurtured my passion for the arts through her patience, motivation and creativity. She was instrumental in my choice of career as a visual/ teaching artist; and so I thank you Barbara Larlham, and thank you Vermont art teachers, for all the creativity, confidence and innovative thinking you inspire.
Last week I had the opportunity to facilitate a Rangoli activity for a 48-hour retreat at the beautiful Bishop Booth Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont.
Situated in 130 acres of woodland on the banks of Lake Champlain, it was the perfect location for a meditative Rangoli session in the spring sunshine.
20 participants engaged in the 90 minute session–following a short group meditation, 4 teams negotiated space, color and pattern to create some stunning designs.
This January I held a Rangoli workshop for the teachers of the Integrated Arts Academy in Burlington, VT for their annual retreat. We had a wonderfully productive 90 minutes, which began with a brief guided meditation to get everyone in a meditative frame of mind for creating a Rangoli. Split into smaller groups, each team completed the same basic design, but decided on their colour range and use of negative space – the results were beautiful.