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Monday, 8/9/2021
7:00 - 8:00
Virtual Library

Online Services
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

In this activity you will use the form of the mandala as a point of departure and inspiration using the geometry and repeating motifs to create an image.

In Hinduism and Buddhism, the belief is that by entering the mandala and proceeding towards its center, you are guided through the cosmic process of transforming the universe from one of suffering into one of joy and happiness. A mandala is a symbolic picture of the universe and represents the connection between our inner worlds and outer reality. In this workshop  you will look at the form of mandalas and create your own images based on the structure and stylistic elements of mandalas.


  • Several sheets of paper
  • pencil
  • compass
  • colored pencils, markers, or watercolor


Alexandra Blum received her BFA from Cornell University in Painting and her MFA in Printmaking from Washington University in St Louis. She has had residencies at Curtiduria Print shop in Oaxaca, Mexico and the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Blum actively exhibits and selected shows include de Young Museum, Cornell University Hartell Gallery, San Francisco Public Library, Museo de la Filatelia de Oaxaca, Ligne Roset, Front Gallery, Somarts, Paxton Gate Curiosities for Kids, The Mission Cultural Center and The San Francisco Jewish Library.


Ali Bum teaches at Drew School and the students serve as a constant source of energy and inspiration. She has conducted workshops and live art demonstrations at the SFMOMA, de Young Friday Night Events, The Academy of Sciences, Asian Art Museum intern program and The Jewish Museum. She is a member of the California Printmaking Society.


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