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Date: Sun Jul 14 2002 - 21:17:10 PDT

The musical instrument is a mandolin. The word mandala is a Sanskrit word for
circle. If you have seen native American sand paintings, medicine wheels, and
the monk's beautiful sand paintings. So, I suppose any circular piece of art
could be considered a mandala. I found the lesson plan from this site....was
it Woody's site or maybe ArtRageous. I loved them so much, I ordered the
book. It is called, "Mandala...Luminous symbols for healing". It is by Judith
Cornell, Ph.D.. I also did a search on the Internet on Mandala and there is a
wonderful site which came up called "The Mandala Project". People from all
over the world are creating them and sending them to this site. I don't have
the exact site address but I found it by going to and putting in
Mandala. Some teachers have been doing these with their students and sending
in the results also. I find it fascinating and plan to do some experimenting
with them. I also plan to do some mandalas with my students so I hope no one
thinks I will be making mandalas while my students are coloring dittos. :)
       Boy, I had been off the site for a while and I forgotten how strongly
people disagree from time to time. Personally, I don't think taking a few
minutes to work on personal art, should the time present itself, is anything
more than a learning experience for the students as well as the teacher (who
is the one who passes on the knowledge). Maybe occasionally there may be an
art teacher who works on his art rather than teach the kids, but I doubt that
person would bother to be a member of this list. And I have never met an art
teacher who doesn't work twice as hard as any English or science teacher I
know (ouch....that wasn't nice). Anyway, even with all the differing
opinions, I am sooooo glad to be back!
Teresa in El Paso