String Art Mandala
Direct students to the Arts Edge page about Mandalas. There is a video link that will take you outside of the Arts Edge site.
Here is a link to an additional video that provides more information on mandalas and how they are created - Sand Mandala Time Lapse.
This is a great time to go over some vocabulary such as symmetry, pictoral, abstract, polygon, etc.
The ArtsEdge site has a great deal of content for students of all ages and includes lessons and additional resources for both students and teachers.
Review the videos provided about sand mandalas.
What are your thoughts about how they are created?
What do you think they represent?
Have students use their knowledge of symmetry and shapes to create a layout for their own mandala. This will take time to organize and plan.
You can provide students with specific parameters such as what shapes to use and/or how many they can use of each. Or let students create their own design to see what they come up with.
Its time to create your version of a mandala. Using ShapeLab, you will use various shapes to organize and plan out a final design. This design will be recreated using materials other than sand, so keep it simple, but interesting.
Show students some examples of string art. Have a quick discussion on how to these can be created and what materials are used. I've included some YouTube links to show various designs and how they were created.
Instead of using nails, students can use push pins, screws or something similar.
Students should have an idea of what their layout will be for their mandala. At this time, students will choose their color schemes and get to work.
Teachers should have a class account set up for Voice Thread for the final portion of the assignment.
A quick demo of how VoiceThread works and how students can collaborate to provide feedback to their peers, would be beneficial.
Students will create an account on VoiceThread and link to the teacher "class". Each student will photograph their final string art piece and upload it to VoiceThread. For each piece, the artist will record an artist statement that will include: their inspiration, why they chose the colors they did, likes/dislikes about the project, etc.
Once uploaded and recorded, each student will be assigned to 3 of their peers. Each student will be responsible for providing constructive criticism to these 3 classmates by leaving comments on VoiceThread.