collective mandala project
with 420 elementary students
Jonsson (Viggi) is an art teacher at a primary school in Reykjavik,
Iceland. He wrote to The Mandala Project and told us about a
project that he and five other teachers did with their students.
Here is what Viggi says about the experience:
For one week in March, students
do all sorts of projects connected to different cultures of
the world. I thought this would be a perfect time to get the
whole school, 420 kids, involved in Mandala making. As it turned
out there were around 400 kids who made their own Mandalas.
There were 4 of us teachers
that divided the students among us after I had told the other
teachers (almost) everything I knew about Mandalas and the creation
of Mandalas, using your website as my main source and of course
your book "Mandala, Journey to the Centre".
started each session by explaining to the kids what Mandalas
are, the meaning of the word, the meaning of Mandalas in different
cultures and other interesting stuff about the subject.
Then the kids made their own
Mandalas, cut them up into 4 pieces and gave their friend two
of the pieces but received two pieces themselves. Then they
glued the pieces together and put them on a construction (rainbow-colored)
paper. Lastly we tied 21 Mandalas together with white ribbons
and hung them up in the school hall.
All were very enthusiastic about
the Mandala creation, not least of which were the teachers themselves.
One teacher told me that after coming home from work after the
first day I had mentioned the Mandala project and told her some
things I knew about the subject, her husband had asked her why
she was smiling so much! She couldn't hide her enthusiasm!
After the week was over, we
the teachers made our own Mandalas, cut them up and divided
them between ourselves, glued the pieces together and made a
card from them, as a reminder of a fun week/project. Hope you
like the pictures.