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Buddhist Mandalas Art Project

Color Wheel project for middle school painting

Lindsey Foushee

on 1 February 2015

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Transcript of Buddhist Mandalas Art Project

Buddhist Mandalas
History & Significance
Mandalas are an important part of Hindu and Buddhist spiritual practice. The name "mandala" comes from the Sanskrit word for "circle".

Mandalas are used as an aid to meditation, helping a person meditate & achieve inner peace and unity with the world.

The circle symbolizes the many uniting as one, as well as the cycle of life, death, and rebirth.
Mandalas & Buddhism
Buddhist monks use the creation of mandalas to teach that nothing in the Earthly life is permanent, and they must learn to let go of material things.

Monks create incredibly detailed mandalas using colored sand, which can take days or even weeks to complete.

The creation of these mandalas is about the meditative process, rather than the finished product. At the end, the sand is brushed together and poured into running water, so the blessing of the mandala is dispersed.
The Sand Mandala Process
Mandala Design
Using radial symmetry, create an original color wheel inspired by mandalas
Circular Format
Often with a square or six-pointed star in the interior
Combination of geometric & organic shapes; often nature-inspired; sometimes including religious symbols
A Successful Project Will:
demonstrate correct color order
use repeating, radial design
include an element that suggests nature
includes at least 2 variations of tint, shade, or intensity
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