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September 2018

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 23 them to compare and contrast the scribble drawing with the mandala drawing in their journals. Arrange the mandala drawings in a circle on the scribble drawing and discuss. Refocusing Students can use this opportunity to release or let go of whatever they need to by scribbling it out. They are often surprised to be asked to scribble; some students have not scribbled since they were quite young. Play energizing music during the scribbling phase of this experience and calming music for the second part. Music is used to guide the process of discharging the negative feelings and refocusing inward. It's interesting to observe and lis- minutes, select two marker colors. Use the markers on the paper with the circle to create a balanced mandala design that starts at the center and radiates outward. After drawing the mandala, cut it out, give it a title, and place it on the large scribble paper. Adaptations Provide students with 18 x 24" (46 x 61 cm) newsprint paper and ask them to scribble solo. If time is an issue, you can use smaller paper for the scribble portion and smaller circles for the mandala drawings. When the mandala drawings are complete, ask students to reflect on the process—what they noticed, what they liked or didn't like. Ask ten as students participate in this art experience. They are actively engaged, talking and laughing with each other during the scribble phase. They enjoy the playful, regressive activity of scribbling and then the calming, cen- tering experience during the mandala drawing. The contrast is usually dra- matic. The energy in the room shifts from playful and lively to meditative. One student explained, "This was an interesting exercise because while it did have limits, there were also a lot of possibilities within the limits." Lisa Kay is associate professor and chair of Art Education and Community Arts Practices at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. lisakay@ temple.edu Students use two markers to create a balanced mandala design that starts at the center and radiates outward.

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