For me, school days at Ashwood have been a sweet refuge from all of the disruptions of the past year. Nowhere has this more evident than in art class each week, when the upper grades students settle in and begin working on their mandalas. A hush quickly settles over the room. Gradually, as the students absorb into their work, the muted sound of humming starts—a half dozen voices quietly meandering through the tunes in their heads.

Our mandala work started with a few weeks ago with dot patterning on river stone. Recently, we switched to colored pencil on paper with freehand motifs created by each of the student artist. We’ll add more mandalas to this gallery as they are completed, so check back soon!