Friday, December 2, 2011


The Sm'Arties learned a bit about mandalas as a design motif.  We looked very briefly at the history of this circular art form, but our main interest was as an inspiration to art.

Variety of mandala coloring pages, mostly simple enough for elementary coloring skills.

Intricate mandala coloring pages

I gave out some mandalas as coloring pages, but we also created out own mandalas.

How to draw a mandala

Their assignment included the stipulation that they create as many layers of design as their ages in years.  So, as a minimum, our 4th graders had to have 9 layers of design; our teenager had to have 13 circles.
Karate mandala

We used polar graph paper to keep our circles circular.  Some students chose a theme to pursue; others chose the theme of 'pretty designs.'

Dart board mandala

printable polar graph paper
Car race mandala

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