November-December 2006

Turtle Mandala

2nd graders created turtle mandalas using Aboriginal inspired designs. The students looked at samples of Aboriginal and other indigenous peoples art work and talked about the use of animal images in art. We also discussed the mandala shape in art and in nature.

The turtle mandala art piece was a two part project. It involved coloring and cutting out the shell (mandala) , assembling the body, attaching the turtle to the brown "bark" backdrop and decorating the space with Aboriginal inspired patterns and designs.

The young artists really seemed to enjoy this project and each turtle has it's own unique personality, just like the kids!