The Mandala is supposed to be meditative and so I also try to have the students relax while they create. Having the students practice drawing circles on a blank page is a good way to start because they need the practice in making the circles as perfect as they can.

The mandala is supposed to start from the center so I get the student to start by drawing smaller circles and then just try to get them to create from there. Even though they are supposed to flow I try to have my students use the tools from their geometry set as part of the process. This video definitely helps them visualize.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g16B64myG-E&feature=share&list=FLb3QBPNaCFvuf1dE-FddGdA

Here are a couple of examples that I have:

I had the students also try to name the mandala and explain what it means to them. The students enjoyed this, especially the ones who are not so fond of math because it is more of an Art project in their mind. It did though begin to bring them into math a bit and find some strengths in the math class.

Here is the criteria sheet that I gave them which also has a great website on how to draw mandalas. I used some of their resources while making adaptations for some of my special needs students.

Create your Mandala

Name:

You
will be using your compass to create your own Mandala. Read the
information on the
back of his page and look at some examples to get an idea about creating a
Mandala.

**Drawing a Mandala:**

Draw
a circle with a compass. Then fill in
the circle with color and form. Allow your mandala to unfold with as little
thought as possible. Let go of all your
notions about how a mandala should look. There are no "right" or
"wrong" mandalas.

Mandalas traditionally start from the center with a circle
and work their way outwards in a circular fashion

Mandalas are

**and made up of**__symmetrical____patterns__**Coloring your Mandala**

__How you will be marked:__

Use
of a compass to draw circles

Accuracy
of circles

/10

Title

Creativity

Use
of colour

Neatness /10

/5

Total /25

Online
Resources (Examples and more information about Mandalas

http://www2.lhric.org/pocantico/tibet/mandalas.htm

I hope you enjoy.