Students were introduced to Paul Klee who was famous for his powerful color and unique style. Their objectives were to choose an animal (one that could roam the earth), fill the page with the animal, create detail and use any colorsto solidly fill in the page. If students wanted to make a turquoise and yellow cat then they could do just that. Students then learned how to map out lines on the back of their animals to then cut into strips so they could weave their paul klee's into a checkerboard pattern.
For this project students watched a video of Tibetan Monks creating a colored sand Mandala at Clark University. Mandalas represent balance, compassion for all creatures and peace. Students learned about this ancient Asian tradition and learned about symmetry and radial design. Students learned that what you do to one section you must do to all to create a symmetrical design. Creating their designs took great problem solving skills and they had to pull from previous project line design skills to create these beautiful works of art.
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