We started class by discussing the art of mandalas. Mandala means “sacred circle”. The circle is a symbol of wholeness, connection, and the cycle of life. Circles appear in nature (flowers, snowflakes, sun, moon). In various spiritual traditions, mandalas are used to facilitate meditation because circles are also believed to help individuals focus inward. We discussed the option of using mandala making as a tool when we feel our brain needs a rest, if we are feeling nervous or worried about something or as a form of celebration.
In this particular mandala making exercise, students used their favorite color to print circles on paper. After allowing these to dry, the children added repetitive markings, starting from the center of the mandala and moving outward.
|other examples of mandala making|
We also created story boards as a warm up, using a favorite book as a reference. The children shared why they chose this particular book and what makes it their favorite. I mentioned that it will be interesting to see if they have any new favorite books at the end of this new school year.
After a snack while listening to folk songs (spontaneous singing was in full force),
students started working on painting a portrait of a grandparent.
I loved hearing stories about grandparents!
|self portrait with grandparent|
And sometimes an artist needs to create an elaborate drawing too.
(Almost) Anything is possible in art class.