"Sacred Circles"
Group Mandala

As part of the "Sacred Circles" minimester course, students worked together to design and paint a large circular mandala on a 30 x 30 inch stretched canvas. The circle was 28-inches in diameter, and the edges of the canvas were painted with black acrylic.

Eight students were enrolled in the class, and after first establishing the "cardinal points" which divided the circle into four sections (a very common element in the circular art of the different cultures they studied), they further subdivided the circle to create eight sections.

After much discussion and debate regarding how to make the circle significant to the group and to each student, it was decided that they would use a white triangle in the center of a modified color wheel, surrounded by eight orbiting circles. Each student developed a 4" circular design of his or her name which was then painted within one of the eight circles.



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