School can seem like a world of its own! Represent your 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.
Explore several examples of mandalas with your class. 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.
Think about daily life in your school. How would you represent it as a mandala? What symbols can you design to signify the features and events in your school? What colors have meaning to your school? Draw a few symbols on the board with your class as examples. Refer back to these for inspiration as you work.
To design a mandala of your school, start by drawing a small circle in the center of a square piece of white paper using Crayola® 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. Now fill the mandala with symbols and shapes that represent your school! Think of the activities you enjoy, the subjects you learn, and the structure of the building for ideas. Remember that mandalas are symmetrical in design!
Add bright, bold colors to the designs you’ve drawn! For an interesting effect, layer two colors of the Colored Pencils together to create a new hue! What combinations can you make?
Mount your completed mandala on a sheet of colored paper that compliments the artwork. Display for the class to enjoy!
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