BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM
|Creating an Adirondack Personal Mandala
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|Grade: 9th - 12th grade
Class: Studio in Art, Art Electives
Retired - Town of Webb School
|NYS Content Area Standard:
Standard 1: Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Arts
Standard 4: Understanding the Cultural Dimensions and Contributions of the Arts
|NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
||Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Culture & The Arts
Arts: Standard 1: Creating & Performing: use selected mediums and techniques to communicate their ideas;
Standard 4: the Cultural Contributions of the Arts: create art works that reflect a variety of cultural influences
|Keywords: mandala, painting|
|Investigative Question or Issue: Who am I as an "Adirondacker"?|
Prior to engaging in this challenge, students participated in a presentation by artist Sandra Hildreth in which she shared her Adirondack mandala paintings with the class. Students also received guided practice in the creation of mandala designs.
Note from the author: The cameras allowed students to freely photograph the things that were important to them. The became reference material and personal inspiration to be used in their sketchbooks. They were later used to create photo mandalas (which could be an additional challenge). The writing that accompanied their mandalas was passionate and from the heart - it could become a shared assignment with an English class.
A NYSCA Challenge
Create a "personal mandala*", with acrylic paints, using your Adirondack experiences as a theme.
Process: Create a personal folder of drawing sketchbook that will include:
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Used a Folder or Sketchbook to collect and save resources and ideas. It must include:
Properly constructed and gessoed 14-18" canvas
Produced "personal mandala" that includes an Adirondack theme, using acrylic paints on canvas. The media is used in a skillful manner, demonstrating good understanding of:
Personal Essay handed in with painting that revealed the thinking and inspiration that led to the creation of the mandala.
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