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Mandala Representation of Me

Students learn about the elements of a mandala in order to create their own.

on 8 September 2014

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Transcript of Mandala Representation of Me

Creating a Personal Mandala
English 10
Mrs. Ackerman

What is a Mandala?
The word "mandala" is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean "circle," a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself--a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds.

Describing both material and non-material realities, the mandala appears in all aspects of life: the celestial circles we call earth, sun, and moon, as well as conceptual circles of friends, family, and community.

Each color, shape, picture and line placed on your mandala will have symbolic meaning. What symbols best represent you?
Mandalas are found everywhere and have powerful symbolism across all cultures

All circles have a center. This is principle of the center. The center is everywhere.
The center represents expansion and integration of opposites, micro and macrocosms.

The center also represents the soul, god or the individual.

Circles symbolize unity/time/universal cycles/life creation/eternity/god/sun.

Circles/mandalas contain all symmetries.
All of Nature's harmonious principles are exhibited through it's harmonious relationships.
Your Assignment
Create a mandala that represents YOU.
Time to Create
Remember to create a design that is symmetrical, colorful, and complete.
The entire mandala needs to be filled in. There should not be any blanks.
A mandala is a way for
you to express your individuality
within a unified structure.
balanced proportions; also : beauty of form arising from balanced proportions
Colors That Are Symbolic to You
Create a list of your favorite colors.
*Why do you like each color?
*Do you have an association that you
make with each color?
Some colors have universal meaning. Can you tell me what the color
historically means?
Anger, excitement, energy, passion, love, desire, speed, strength, power, heat, aggression, danger, fire, blood, war, violence, all things intense and passionate.
*Next to each color that you list, write its symbolic meaning.
*List as many as you can. You do not have to include all of them in your mandala.
Shapes and Symbols
Draw, doodle, create shapes and symbols that have meaning to you.
Because the number four is associated with very material things – the physical elements, the directions of world, the seasons of the world – both squares and crosses are often used as symbols of the material world itself. Squares, however, are quite possibly even more associated with materiality than crosses because of their visual solidness. A square has volume. It contains space.
The symbol might represent your heritage. The Celtic Knot has Irish roots. It represents no beginning and no end. It stands for the continuity of everlasting love.
Or maybe the symbol will represent
an activity you are involved in.
Include meanings
for each symbol.
All aspects of your mandala need to be described and explained in the essay that will accompany your finished project.
The center of your mandala should include the most
important element.
The Essay
Write a personal essay using your mandala as inspiration. Your essay will describe who you are, and who you are not. It will parallel the symbols and colors you included on your own unique mandala.
Use the outline provided to guide your writing.
Your essay should be as unique as your mandala. Make sure your "voice" comes through and that the reader has a sense of who you are based not only on your mandala and what you say, but also HOW you say it.
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