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Mandalas and other sacred circles ???

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artrageous_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed Oct 04 2000 - 17:59:53 PDT


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I'll be teaching a 2 week, 4 hour per day class between Thanksgiving and =
Christmas, and the basic theme I'm going for right now (given that it =
has to be both studio art & research) is on sacred circles.

The "loose" idea at this point will be examining the ways that circles =
are used in various cultures and various religions. Ranging from =
Stonehenge to Navajo sand painting to Tibetan mandalas, students will be =
expected to research the similarities and differences to understand the =
significance to each people.

The primary project will be the creation of a mandala in color pencil. =
Someone posted a website and recommended a book, and I've checked out =
the site and ordered the book. http://www.galaxymall.com/art/mandala/

One of the twists to this class is that it will be open to 5th through =
12th graders. If you think I'm nuts, you're right--but I've done other =
mixed age classes before and they worked out surprisingly well. I've =
discussed this with the dean of academics, and we agreed that the =
requirements for the written/academic part of the course will be =
different for a 5th grader than a 12th grader--but that will be the only =
primary difference.

Does anyone know of any especially good websites or books that explore =
these subjects? I need to start building a list of resources now in =
order to be ready to go with this next month.

Thanks for your help!

Sharon
WEBSITE: http://www.bigfoot.com/~artrageous
Featuring art and art lesson plans, examples of my
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EMAIL: artrageous@bigfoot.com
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right now=20
(given that it has to be both studio art &amp; research) is on sacred=20
circles.</FONT></DIV>
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<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>The "loose" idea at this point will be =
examining=20
the ways that circles are used in various cultures and various =
religions.&nbsp;=20
Ranging from Stonehenge to Navajo sand painting to Tibetan mandalas, =
students=20
will be expected to research the similarities and differences to =
understand the=20
significance to each people.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>The primary project will be the =
creation of a=20
mandala in color pencil.&nbsp; Someone posted a website and recommended =
a book,=20
and I've checked out the site and ordered the book. <A=20
href=3D"http://www.galaxymall.com/art/mandala/">http://www.galaxymall.com=
/art/mandala/</A></FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>One of the twists to this class is that =
it will be=20
open to 5th through 12th graders.&nbsp; If you think I'm nuts, you're =
right--but=20
I've done other mixed age classes before and they worked out =
surprisingly=20
well.&nbsp; I've discussed this with the dean of academics, and we =
agreed that=20
the requirements for the written/academic part of the course will be =
different=20
for a 5th grader than a 12th grader--but that will be the only primary=20
difference.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>Does anyone know of any especially good =
websites or=20
books that explore these subjects?&nbsp; I need to start building a list =
of=20
resources now in order to be ready to go with this next =
month.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>Thanks for your help!</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2><BR>Sharon<BR>WEBSITE: <A=20
href=3D"http://www.bigfoot.com/~artrageous">http://www.bigfoot.com/~artra=
geous</A><BR>Featuring=20
art and art lesson plans, examples of my<BR>artwork, genealogy =
resources,=20
information about <BR>contra dancing and Celtic music--and =
more!<BR>EMAIL: <A=20
href=3D"mailto:artrageous@bigfoot.com">artrageous@bigfoot.com</A><BR>AIM:=
SKBK56,=20
ArtrageousSBK, &amp; others</FONT></DIV></BODY></HTML>

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