A approach to integrating mandalas into an art unit would be to take
a multi-cultural look at circular, symmetrical forms. It will be
obvious that the history of art (in all cultures) is intertwined with
religion of all sorts. The rose windows of gothic cathedrals is just
one example of circular symmetrical forms with religious
By including examples from many cultures, I think you can
successfully defuse parental fears. Have a great school year and let
us know how the unit goes!
Emerson Junior High School
> ~Someone recently mentioned Mandalas~
> I found a site on Mandalas : http://www.bremen.de/info/nepal/Norma-20.htm
> After browsing thru it I am concerned with the Religious associations
> surrounding them.
> Has anyone done a lesson on Mandalas / Had any backlash from doing them / How
> was it approached / Any advice / Reccomendations?
> There is Question as to how a parent would know about them but all the Hari
> fears parents have of their kids shaving their heads & frequenting airports
> with flowers etc
> gives me pause.