Mandalas With Found Materials
A mandala is a circular design symbolizing that life is never ending and everything is connected.
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Read “Remember” by Joy Harjo; a beautiful poem related to nature and interconnectedness.
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Read “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver.
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Next: Go outside! Try the beach, the woods, or the garden.
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Look for cool stuff to collect.
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Collect many items of various sizes, shapes, colors &/or values.
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Gather your materials in a clear area. Spread them out and take a look.
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Feel your environment. Is the sun out? Do you feel the wind? What sounds do you hear?
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Start to arrange the objects in a circular design. Think about patterns you might make.
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Place your items in rows going outward to build your radial design.
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Add more layers. Consider balance in radial symmetry. Does the mandala feel balanced?
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Go find more elements to add if you want more detail and variety.
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Take a photo or draw a picture of your mandala to share with others.
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Enjoy the peace of being in nature and making something that you will leave behind.
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