The Mandala. Geometry and Art. What is a mandala?. It is a symbol from Buddhist and Hindu culture. It represents the Universe. It is usually made using sand. Both Hindus and Buddhists holy men and women use it to help with their meditation. Making a Mandala: The Buddhist Way.
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Geometry and Art
It is a symbol fromBuddhist and Hindu culture.
It represents the Universe.
It is usually made using sand.
Both Hindus and Buddhists holy men and women use it to help with their meditation.
Watch a video of the making and unmaking of a Mandala by Buddhist monks:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10084L3Pqsc (about 4.5 mins)
What did the monks have to do first before doing the pattern and colouring of the mandala?
Why do you think the monks have to do this?
Why do you think the monks unmake the mandala in the end?
Symmetry: Identical reflection of two sides.
Can you name several objects with symmetry?
What is the opposite of symmetry?
2. Repeated Patterns
M is for Mandala!
M is also for Mathematics!
To make a Mandala, you must use a type of Maths called… GEOMETRY.
Geometry deals with points, lines, shapes and space.
Pencil & Eraser
Trace out one big and one small circle using container lids.
Paste the CD at the centre of the page.
Mark the middle of the CD with a dot.
Draw a line across the dot to make the diameter.
Use a protractor to mark every 30 degrees. (30, 60, 90, 120, 150, 180 degrees)
Do the same with the bottom half.
Draw the remaining diameters using the 30 degree marks which you just did.
Draw a simple pattern using simple lines. Repeat the pattern.
Use a ruler and extend the diameter to reach the third circle.
Continue your simple pattern on the second and third layer.
Outline everything with black marker and colour your patterns using coloured markers.
What is a mandala?
What does it represent?
What are the features of a mandala?