Art and textile in India often features intricate designs and patterns. Paisleys, mandalas and other symmetrical designs can be found on walls, fabrics, and even displayed in the temporary staining of skin with henna. This project teaches children how to draw their own mandala using radial symmetry.
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Using a compass trace a few different sized circles in the center of your page.
Use a ruler to make a horizontal and vertical line through the origin of the circles. Then make diagonal lines through those. (Like you would slice a pizza)
Now that you've set up your page you can begin to draw in your design. Take note that whatever you draw across the lines you want to mirror on the other slice of your pizza.
You will begin to see your pattern take shape. You can use the arcs of your circles as design elements.
Continue to build shapes using your circles and guide line to keep your pattern symmetrical.
You don't have to reflect your shapes over every straight line. Here I'm only adding this design to four of the lines. I will add something different to the other four.
Continue to build your mandala. Take your time, this is a project that requires a bit of patience, but the results will be stunning and unique.
When you mandala is finished, trace over your work with a black pen. You can copy or scan it at this point to save it on your computer. Mandalas are fun to color in and you can create different images with the same design.
Color your mandala with bright colors. You might even use oil pastels or bright markers for a bold statement.
When you're finished coloring your mandala you'll see that your patience is well rewarded! This is a stunning piece of art that you can hang in your classroom or gift to your friends and family. If you enjoy making these try adding a bit of personality to them such as writing your name or your favorite animal.