Elements:Line, Shape, Color Principles:Balance (Radial), Unity, Pattern
Essential Question: What is the "language" artist use to communicate?
Essential Standards: B.V .1.2- Apply the Elements of Art and Principles of Design to create art. B.V .1.4- Recognize how Elements of Art and Principles of Design are used in art. B.CX.1.4- Interpret art in terms of cultural and ethnic context.
I Will . . .
create a mandala that uses Line, Shape, and Color to create Radial Balance, Unity, and Pattern.
I Can . .
practice good craftsmanship
create an interesting composition
reflect a historical mandala
design a complex image using patterns, lines and shapes
use radial balance in my design and my chosen color scheme
make choices based on personal preference to help develop my artistic style and self-expression
Vocabulary: Line- The path of a moving point Shape- A line that surrounds a shape or a color; geometric or organic Color- Light reflected by an object; consist of Hue, Intensity, and Value Unity- When all of the elements and principles work together to create a pleasing image/final design Radial Balance- Radial symmetry means that each section of a circle is exactly the same. (For example, if you have a large pizza - each piece is the exact same size and the pepperonis are all located in the exact same spaces on each piece.) Pattern- Repeated Lines, Shapes, or Colors in a design
Mandala- Mandala means Circle. These designs tend to be in a circular format and are normally filled with patterns. One reason Tibetan monks create mandalas is for mediation and focusing. Traditional mandalas are made with sand and take about 5-7 days, people travel from all over the world to watch the monks create their designs. After they are finished they sweep up the sand and spread it over water to symbolize the impermanence of life.
INSPIRATION Generating Ideas - Think about the direction you want to go in with your project, and try to make it as unique as possible. Will your shapes be geometric, organic, or a combination of both? Will your lines be straight, curvy, thick, thin, jagged, etc.
Researching- Look up reference images of mandalas and patterns online: Possible Search Terms: Zentangle designs, Complex patterns, Clothing patterns, Patterns from nature, Mandala Patterns
DESIGN Visual Development - Begin by sketching out a few ideas to figure out what direction you will take this project - Think about the patterns and Colors that were important to the Tibetan Monks, choose patterns based on the things you see everyday and things that are important to you! - In your sketchbook you should have 3 designs or pattern practice squares.
CREATE Final Design- Directions: a. Find the center of your circle by lightly drawing a line diagonally from corner to corner. You really only need the line drawn in the very center. This will prevent the need to erase the line later.
b. Place the square (12" x 12") piece of blank paper over the Mandala stencil. Use the light box, the tracing circle and a ruler to lightly trace your guide lines. The circle can be divided into smaller sections to help with the design.
c. Concentric circles (circles that all have the same center, fit inside each other, and are the same distance apart all the way around) can be added inside of the outer circle to divide space and help you create your design
D. Create your pattern. You can draw one wedge and trace it in each shape or you can start in the center and freehand the design as it moves out. Option 1 : The design can be repeated in each of the wedges. You may make one design and trace it in each section to help keep sections the same. Option 2: Create 2 different designs that alternate between wedges Option 3: With pencil, continue adding your designs & patterns in layers.Work around the circle as you add parts (this helps to keep the design in balance) Photograph your completed design in pencil and turn it in to Schoology for a grade. d. After you have drawn your design in pencil, make sure you have checked the rubric. Then lightly outline with a ultra-fine black sharpie. e. Erase all pencil marks. f. Fill in the rest of the design with the color scheme of your choice. Choose a color scheme that is personally interesting. - use this link to help you make color choices: Color Scheme Generator #1 Color Scheme Generator #2 - When filling in design with color, make sure you are using the correct marker techniques!! g. Remember to have Radial Balance in all parts of your design- drawing & color design
Refine Ask 3 people what is working and what needs to be improved and make any changes as necessary. Remember: a. Lightly erase pencil and stray marks to create a neat design b. Use color to create visual interest c. The mandala should fill in most of the square d. Each design needs to be as close as possible to the one next to it, so that the whole paper is filled with patterns and your mandala. e. Be very neat. When you draw things in pencil, place a scrap of paper under your hand to prevent smudging.
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