Crafts I students started the school year with a history lesson and drawing project. We studied the sand mandala traditions of Tibetan Buddhists. A labor of love, a symbolism of impermanence and a display of dedication and skill, the Monks painstakingly create their sand mandalas over the course of days, weeks. When finished, they ritualistically dismantle their creation by sweeping the sand into a pile and placing it in a jar or vessel. The jar is wrapped in silk and taken to a source of moving water where they return the sand back to nature. Students are creating their mandalas as a way to oil their creative gears, practice what they know, review types of balance and show, in a creative manner, items of importance to them.
Finished mandalas to come!