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Lesson Plan: Radial Design Mandala
Teacher: Mr. Essex Garner, Saint Joseph Catholic School, Jefferson City, Missouri
Cooperating Teacher: Mrs. Suzy Weber
Unit: Radial Design - Drawing from life and color - math/science integration
Lesson Plan: Radial Design Mandala - Colored pencil
Grade Level: Middle School (6 and 9) - Adaptable to higher and lower grades by pie cemeteries.
Objectives: To show the relationship of different cultural aspects in art and why many artist use and understand these relationships to in ever day artworks. To demonstrate that the study of math is also a study of art, and understanding
mathematics has a direct correlation of art, design and graphics.
Concept / Topic To Teach: Become aware of Radial design in art through examples of Rose windows and mandala designs from various cultures. Understand math concepts as they relate to art. Create a radial design inspired from nature looking closely at insect, plants and/flowers or designs. Demonstrate skill in blending of colors using colored pencils. Show awareness of color planning in selection of colors. Use of symmetry, balance and designed shapes in continual patterns.
Strand: (Know about Art), (Making Art) and Elements of Art
Example Cat Radial, four Pie Slice
Alternate: Create a non-objective design or showing personal symbols.
Show awareness and understanding of cultural patterns and symbols
(radial design is
prevalent in many works of oriental art).
Materials: Compass or circle template, pencils, soft lead pencils (like Ebony), erasers, scissors, colored pencils, 12" square white drawing paper, black paper, Elmer's glue (or rubber cement). Alternate: Ultra fine point Sharpie markers, markers, 6" square white paper, pie shape template, rulers, pencils, paper clips, masking tape, 12" square white paper.
Math Vocabulary: Reflection - radial balance - line of symmetry - point of symmetry -perpendicular - diameter – radius.
Seventh Grade four Pie Slice Radial Projects Above St. Joseph Cathedral
Demonstrate/review colored pencil techniques - blending of colors - varying pressure for
different values. Review color planning.
For the more complicated design: Use a compass to draw a large circle approximately 11.75 inches. (Any desired size). From the center, measure a 36-degree angle and then cut out a 36-degree pie slice. These are used to make templates out of poster board. See Pie slice template..
Students trace the pie slice onto their paper and follow through with the process described in the above project. The only difference is now they have 10 slices instead of 8. Color as above. Compare the eight slice dragonfly with the ten slices one next to
it. Mount on black paper.
All four Pie Slice Radials above completed by Seventh Grade St. Joseph Cathedral art students except Ten Pie Slice.
Radial Design Student Evaluation
Did the student:
Draw a circle with a compass or pattern and fine the center? _______(5 pts.)
Divide the paper into four wedged sections within the circle? _______(10 pts).
3. Draw symbols from the
center creating a radial design with symmetrical
balance? ______ (20 pts.)
Add contrasting shapes? _____ (10 pts.)
Use contrasting colors with a specific color harmony? ______ (10 pts.)
Add texture or contrasting texture? _____ (10 pts.)
Use good craftsmanship? ______ (25 pts.)
Extend the design to a point of completion? _____ (5 pts.)
9. Sketchbook Thumbnail? _______ (5 points)
Total _______/ 100 pts.
Grading scale: 100 – 91 = A
90 – 80 = B
79 – 60 = C
59 – 50 = D
49 – Below = F