Teach students about Repetition, Rhythm and Radial Symmetry with this lesson on how to create a Mandala. Students will be amazed by the beauty of hand drawn forms in a radial pattern. My students were enthralled and their work was truly inspired.
2 Page lesson plan
(Includes national standards, big idea, essential questions, goals, objectives and process notes)
24 Page PowerPoint Presentation (pptx)
2 Demonstration videos:
How to divide a circle into 12 sections using only a compass and ruler
How to begin to build a mandala
Step by step student examples
Black and White student mandala examples
Color student mandala examples
Student Self-Evaluation (word doc)
A Space to Create
My Zentangle Initial Lesson is a great complement to this project.
Grade 3: Leaves, Lines and Repetition
I had a boy walk up to me with a straight face and say "Mrs. Johnson, I feel that I need to use just a touch of warm colors in my background. I think that it will make the painting look better..." This year, I mentioned to students to use the colors that they felt were best at the right time but to utilize cool colors as much as they were inspired to. Some students even added in black with great success. They excitedly asked my opinion of their use of color. I love discussing art with children in a way where it's a consultation and they know that their opinion about their art matters the most. So, taking risks, and use of artistic license is what they did and I am, yet again, quite pleased with the results.