Have you ever had a pen pal, you know how excited you get when you send out the letter and wait for the return with the answers of all your questions… information about a place far from where you live?? I do, my first pen pal was in elementary school I do not really remember the details but I remember anticipating when that letter would arrive just for me.
Well through the wonders of Twitter, I connected with Erin Eddy, an art teacher at Chatsworth School in New Jersey, who was looking for someone to exchange mandalas. I responded to her tweet and then she emailed me her plans for the mandalas.
In the meantime, I started working on Mandala designs as a fun unit on radial symmetry in Grade 1/2 and the cultural use of Mandalas in Ms Bonnie’s Grade 4/5 art classes.
After receiving the plans from Erin Eddy, I saw what concepts and designs her students would be using to create their mandalas. Ours would be a bit different than her students, but they would create a wonderful quilt of color, line and shape when displayed together.
Here is a closer look at some of the sections:
Here are a few Chatsworth School Mandalas:
Here are a few of our Voyager Mandalas:
Do you remember how our team “Voyagers…Shine” from Voyager Public Charter School participated in a Students ReBuild Challenge earlier this school year?
Well our students made drawings, wrote letters to send messages of hope to children who were impacted by Typhoon Haiyan… well all the drawings were delivered to those children in the Philippines… our contribution is featured at 12 seconds into the video.
Pretty Amazing! Voyagers…Shine
Monday and Tuesday just before our Thanksgiving break, the last of the Grade 4/5 classes is out to work on the mural…
First the addition of the words: the 3 principles that guide all we do at and as Voyager a Public Charter School.
Golden Rule– remember to treat others as you would like to be treated.
All One Family- we are always working to help each other and be one big family.
Unity in Diversity– no matter our differences we are all united.
Don’t forget our Voyager Logo- a V with 3 stars and a part of our school song… “a journey of learning never ends…”
The words are scattered around the figures and finishing touches will be added Tuesday.
The last group decides that green grass, as an anchor to the mural, will be our final detail.
Step 2 was to add stars so the two murals had some similarities from one end of campus to the other.
Here is how it looks after adding these details.
Now that we finished the small wall under the playground and it has remained graffiti free, we are tackling the big white wall by the parking lot.