This school wide (or community) workshop helps to introduce multiculturalism, symbolism and geometric art.
This is a great end of the year project as it helps students to apply all the skills learned while building creativity. This year my students used symbols to convey a message through the mandala art.
This lesson can be used each year in many different ways. Once completed the projects can be cut out to create beautiful community art projects a sample image is included.
Mandalas can be used to teach a variety of concepts, as the teacher can assign the theme, and color families or art elements and principles of design or let the student choose the theme and colors.
Some background is given about the mandala and also a practice sheet leads the student through the process of creating a radial design. The concept of creating a radial design can be difficult to grasp so this step by step method should help to break down the creation into simple steps.
This lesson can be used in a variety of ways. Each class could be given one of the 10 designs or more advanced students could create their own mandala template. This project works well for an art center for early finishers. The writing aspect of this lesson can help students to reflect on art and enhance literacy.
Mandalas are very calming and interesting for a variety of students and age levels.
Ten pages of templates are included to help younger learners or those learning about radial designs for the first time.
After I teach the lesson I print these pages and give them to our school media center, homeroom teachers, as well as before and aftercare center to enhance interdisciplinary studies and advocate for the arts. These pages are very popular with homeroom teachers during testing week for early finishers.
TIP: Use white, metallic, or opaque media over the black portions of the mandala templates.