April 11, 2011

Mandalas

Here are a few of our 5th grade Mandala designs.
We focused on the historical concepts and radial symmetry.
Oil Pastels were used. 




We used one quarter of the paper to design a template.  This was spun and traced with the 'ole charcoal method. 
Take a charcoal pencil and trace a design.  This puts a nice dusty layer on the lines.  Then, you flip over the paper and press the lines again (you can even rub the entire back with a spoon.)  This presses your charcoal on to a new paper in the desired spot.  "A poor-mans copy machine."  In this design, that technique was repeated in a spiral (spinning)from a center point on a larger square.  So, the kids pressed the design four times- one in each quadrant.

4 comments:

  1. Hi there. These look great, and I'd like to do them with my class. You mention the ole charcoal method for transferring the design, but I don't understand what you mean. Please explain!

    Love the blog, by the way.

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  2. Well, back in the day...as a kid...before the copy machine, ha, ha...we would take a charcoal pencil and trace a design. This would put a nice dusty layer on the lines. Then, you flip over the paper and press the lines again (you can even rub the entire back with a spoon.) This presses your charcoal on to a new paper in the desired spot. "A poor-mans copy machine." In this design, that technique was repeated in a spiral (spinning)from a center point on a larger square. So the kids pressed the design four times- one in each quadrant. Does that make sense?

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  3. Thanks. Come to think of it, I've transferred designs this way when working with fabric!

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