For this lesson I was incredibly inspired by artist Robin Mead. Robin's tagline is "Joyful Colorful Art" and that is exactly why I adore it. Her work is full of vibrancy, patterns, and texture. Robin's work can be seen on her website (linked above) or on her instagram, as well as her etsy page. In addition, she also has a YouTube channel with examples of techniques she uses and tutorial videos.
She has created a hashtag #mymessymandala which gained followers creating a similar mandala to her style. A mandala is a spiritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism representing the universe. The circular intricate design of a mandala is a sample of radial symmetry, and a great visual for overall balance. Mandalas have become popular in adult coloring books in recent years. The challenge for this assignment is to create the design itself.
Students in my drawing/painting class will be required to make their own interpretation of a "Messy Mandala" for their next assignment. Project guidelines are:
1. Must include a whole or partial (at least 1/2) mandala design (radial symmetry)
2. Free-choice mixed media (at least 3 different media) with layering included (3D additions can be added - paper, fabric)
3. Must use the entire 18" x 24" paper, but it can be cut into smaller portions and completed how you wish (for example, 1 large mandala, or 2 smaller ones)
4. 3 New techniques must be researched and used in the final project (as well as explained in the artist statement). There are ENDLESS websites, artist blogs, YouTube videos, and instagram accounts out there for ideas.
This is a project that will take some time, but create beautiful results. The more detail, the better. I also plan to create #mymessymandala right along side my students for this project!