We viewed examples in Eastern Art as well as the rose windows of Gothic cathedrals, discussing the technical aspects of radial balance. We explored the use of a circular format rather than the traditional rectangular painting. A mandala can be representative of cycles, as a circle has no beginning or end.
After reviewing design concepts, students began by sketching a rough idea of a mandala format, then carefully drew one "pie slice" on templates I had prepared (proof that geometry comes in handy for art teachers!!). Students were encouraged to make both a border and central shape. This template was traced forwards & backwards on a 12x12 sheet of watercolor paper. After some Sharpie work and watercolor painting, we have some fine-looking mandalas!
Many students embellished their work with custom motifs in different slices to create a theme... what creative kids!