Personal Symbol Mandalas

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Seventh grade artists at the Gorham Middle School printed mandalas using the intaglio method. They considered what aspects of their lives allow them to be balanced and developed these thoughts into personal symbols. Compositional balance was considered when arranging symbols onto recycled CDs. They used the drypoint technique which uses a needle tool to incise lines into the CD. The students used soy based ink and an etching press to print their mandalas. Students painted light washes of gouache to add color to their personal balance mandalas.

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Collaborative Mandala Drawings

While students waited to use the etching press they collaboratively designed large mandalas that represent balance within the community. They went through the creative problem solving process to develop original symbols for their chosen aspects of balance. These artists built on each others ideas, making these mandalas truly unique. They carefully worked together to arrange these symbols into a balanced composition and included a key so that the viewer can read the mandala.