Sacred art is used throughout the dharma tradition – for example, as a ritual instrument, as part of worship, as a vehicle for teaching, as a visualization for meditation, and even as a physical touchstone of divine grace that conveys beauty, blessings, power, and protection.
In the same way that mantra is an embodiment of the divine in sound or vibrational form, sacred art is the divine in visual form. This course is a starting point for all students of the dharma traditions to learn how sacred art functions, how it is made, and how to connect with the wisdom it contains.
Each week, we will learn about the fundamentals of sacred art by drawing simple geometric shapes in a ceremonial manner. We will also learn additional teachings and inner practices that are integral to correctly understanding and creating sacred art. This is a course for all students, not just artists.
This course is meditative, interactive, and personally transformative. Not only will it shift your perception and expand your vision, but it will also provide a foundation for engaging with the dharma tradition as a whole. Along with simple drawing, you will learn about ritual conduct, right attitude, and other necessary components that elevate ordinary visual art to sacred art.
Each session of the course is limited to 12 students. Classes are 1.5-hour each week and held online. There are also weekly homework assignments (about 30 minutes).
The only materials you will need are a few sheets of paper, a pencil, a ruler, and a compass. To take classes, you will need a webcam, microphone, and a stable internet connection. Recordings will be available after each class.
Tuition for 10-Week Series: $360
Current Open Sessions:
Sundays 11AM-12:30PM PST beginning February 10, 2019
This course is open to all levels, and is a required prerequisite for all intermediate and advanced classes.
If necessary, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply for a scholarship.