Miss Katie's Art Class

Summer School Art Class: Week #4

Posted on: August 4, 2011

This week the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders began working on Model Magic Mandalas. The word mandala means ‘circle’ in Sanskrit. In the Buddhist tradition, they are called Mandalas, and in the Hindi tradition, they are called Yantras. In each of these traditions, Mandalas and Yantras are used for religious purposes. The Mandalas that we created in art class were not meant to be religious in any way.

This lesson was given to me by another art teacher (Thanks Cinamon G!) and it was so much fun to teach! While I didn’t choose to teach this lesson to the kindergarteners or the 1st graders, it’s completely adaptable for younger students!

This is a Yantra, which is related to a Mandala, but a little different.

This is also a Yantra.

Our Mandalas were a little different. Instead of drawing them, we used Model Magic clay to create them. It was a good time to practice radial symmetry and talk about fractions too!

This is the vocabulary and visuals that I had displayed for the lesson.

Some of the students were having a hard time creating the sizes of spheres, so I created some visuals to help.

After creating the spheres, we carefully flattened them into circles.

Using our 'pincher-fingers' to create circles!

We then cut our medium and small circles into quarters and eighths.

We then cut our medium and small circles into quarters and eighths.

Carefully placing pieces in a radially symmetrical pattern in her mandala.

Making a few small adjustments to get things just the way she wants them!

We used gel pens to create more radially symmetrical designs on the black background board.

I love how sculptural some students got with their work!

This design came together so well! Great color and composition!

While the older students were creating Mandalas, the Kindergarteners and 1st graders were learning about color theory. We learned about the Primary Colors (Red, Blue and Yellow) and that when you mix two Primary Colors, a Secondary Color (Green, Orange and Violet) is created! To start the lesson, I read the book “White Rabbit’s Color Book” by Alan Baker.

This book is amazingly cute and does an excellent job of illustrating color mixing to young children!

To finish our bunnies, we drew some faces on them!

These turned out so incredibly sweet!

I hot-glued the bunnies to a small piece of board for safe keeping! Almost every student wanted his/her bunnies turned so they could 'talk' to each other!

My apologies for not having more pictures of students working! This is a guided practice lesson, so it can get a little harried teaching the lesson and attempting to take pictures at the same time!

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