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Watercolor Mandala

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will explore watercolor techniques, radial symmetry, and color while designing their own mandala painting. Students will reflect on the cultural uses and traditions of mandalas and, upon completion, participate in a reflective critique.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will explore a variety of watercolor techniques.

Students will organize their design to create a radial symmetric composition.

Students will describe how art reveals how people live around the world and what they value.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Lead a discussion on the mandala’s cultural meaning and practices.
  • Introduce radial symmetry.
  • Demonstrate how to create a symmetric framework.
  • Demonstrate watercolor and outlining techniques.

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National Standards


Create

Demonstrate persistence in developing skills with various materials, methods, and approaches in creating works of art or design.

VA:Cr2.1.7a

Apply visual organizational strategies to design and produce a work of art, design, or media that clearly communicates information or ideas.

VA:Cr2.3.7a

Demonstrate persistence in developing skills with various materials, methods, and approaches in creating works of art or design.

7.VA:Cr2.1

Apply visual organizational strategies to design and produce a work of art, design, or media that clearly communicates information or ideas.

7.VA:Cr2.3

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

20 minutes

Demonstration Time

30 minutes

Student Studio Time

2 hours and 30 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Watercolor paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Crayons
  • Cup of water
  • 12” x 12” watercolor paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Marker

National Standards


Create

Demonstrate persistence in developing skills with various materials, methods, and approaches in creating works of art or design.

VA:Cr2.1.7a

Apply visual organizational strategies to design and produce a work of art, design, or media that clearly communicates information or ideas.

VA:Cr2.3.7a

Demonstrate persistence in developing skills with various materials, methods, and approaches in creating works of art or design.

7.VA:Cr2.1

Apply visual organizational strategies to design and produce a work of art, design, or media that clearly communicates information or ideas.

7.VA:Cr2.3

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Steps

Reflect and Draw Mandala

Use the Genre Painting and The Meaning of Mandala worksheets to examine how art reveals how people live around the world and what they value. Measure and mark the basic radial symmetric framework using pencil and ruler.

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Instructional Materials

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The Meaning of Mandala

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Choosing the Best Watercolor Paper

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Anchor Chart

Basic Watercolor Techniques

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Basic Drawing Vocabulary

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Basic Painting Vocabulary

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Genre Painting

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Pre-Assessment

Watercolor Techniques Pre-Test

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Reflection

Most Successful Artwork Reflection

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Critique

Watercolor Painting Critique Guide

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