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School can seem like a world of its own! Encourage your students to represent their school in a symmetrical mandala, and create new colors with this colored pencil layering technique!
A mandala is a sacred symbol of Buddhist culture. Mandalas are symmetrical, geometric designs that are said to represent the universe. In traditional Buddhist art, a mandala is based on scriptures and designed by monks after many years of study and memorization.
Invite your students to explore several examples of mandalas. What similarities can you find among them? What colors are prominent? Predict what the symbols and colors represent. Working in groups, research the most common symbolism in Buddhist mandalas.
Ask students to think about daily life in school. How would they represent it as a mandala? What symbols can be in their designs to signify the features and events in the school? What colors have meaning to the school culture? Invite students to draw a few symbols on a classroom white board using Crayola Dry Erase Markers. Keep these drawings available for students to refer to as inspiration.
To design a mandala for the school, students begin by drawing a small circle in the center of a square piece of white paper using Crayola® Metallic Colored Pencils. Enclose that circle with a square about half the size of the paper. Surround both those shapes with a larger circle that almost touches the edges of the paper. Next, students fill the mandala with symbols and shapes that represent the school! Remember that mandalas are symmetrical in design! (Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils may be substituted for Metallic Colored Pencils.)
Encourage students to add bright, bold colors to the designs drawn. For an interesting effect, two colors of the colored pencils can be layered together to create a new hue! Encourage experimentation.
Mount the completed mandala on a sheet of colored paper that compliments the artwork. Display for the class to enjoy!
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