SchoolArts Magazine

September 2015

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32 SEPTEMBER 2015 SchoolArts E L E M E N T A R Y A s teachers we are always trying to create that lesson that informs, engages, and amazes students. The trick is incorporating cultural history, stu- dio technique, science, math, literacy, technology, and real-world application into one project. This lesson involves all of these ideas. Our mandala idea started when we received a donation of a stack of vinyl albums. How could we utilize these round discs in an art project? We came up with the Mandala Op Art project, which spun into an all- encompassing creation. The Mandala: A History We began with a PowerPoint presentation introduc- ing students to the history and creation of mandalas, then progressed to the use of symbolism in Hindu and Bud- dhist art. The word mandala comes from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit and loosely translates to mean "circle." A man- dala can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself. Its image is found in nature and in cultures across time and place. Personal and Global Goals When creating their own mandalas, students were asked to think of an Linda Schober and Anastasia Mitas A New on the Spin Mandala Lizbeth, grade five.

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