Students brainstorm what makes them who they are and associate imagery to go with their ideas. All of these images are arranged within a radial design to create a dynamic and eye catching composition. A great way to demonstrate the elements of design as a culminating activity.
6 sessions; 60 minutes per session
1. SWBAT associate images to the ideas on their mind map.
2. SWBAT draw a simple draft in their sketchbook.
3. SWBAT organize their images into a radial design.
4. SWBAT demonstrate the elements of design.
5. SWBAT utelize some aspect of traditional mandala design (mainly - outer shape & repeating pattern)
2. Drawing Paper
4. Coloured Pencil
5. Construction Paper
6. Scissors (if students are cutting them out to glue to another sheet)
1. Create a mind map of all the things that make you YOU. Some categories to get you started: family decent, family members, places you have lived or traveled to, hobbies, favourites, accomplishments...etc
2. Draw a simple image to go with your ideas, ex. Windmill if family from Netherlands. I allow students to find resource images on the Internet if they need to.
3. Using pencil, draw a large circle on your draft paper, divide it into sections (like a mandala)
4. Sketch what your composition will look like. Using the inner, middle and outer layout. Remind students that the center of the circle is a focal point and should contain something special.
5. Using your draft, recreate your composition on a larger sheet of drawing paper.
6. Draw lightly so you can erase!
7. Using coloured pencils begin colouring your design. This is a good opportunity to show blending techniques and pencil pressure.
8. When complete students can cut out their design and glue onto another sheet of coloured paper for a backdrop.
This was a great assignment to get my students thinking about who they are and how what they choose to put on their mandala says a lot about their character.
Visual Arts Standard 3: Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas
[5-8] Students integrate visual, spatial, and temporal concepts with content to communicate intended meaning in their artworks
[5-8] Students use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks