Symmetry Square – Balance


Mandala Circle…a Hindu or Buddhist graphic symbol of the universe. A circle enclosing a square. A graphic and often symbolic pattern. A
form in and of a circle divided into separate sections or bearing multiple projections of an image. This art form can also be incorporated with
mathematical elements…Tessellations etc. The American born German Artist, Max Klager (University of Heidelberg) often portrays the
Mandala Circle in his Serigraphs.


• Students will create original Mandala Circles using water-based media.
• Students will investigate color schemes and other art elements.
• Students will incorporate interdisciplinary themes; art/mathematics/universal religions etc.


Staedtler Karat Aquarelle Watercolor Crayons, 20-Color Set (247888-705)
Staedtler Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils, 24-Color Set (221559-705)
Sax Student Grade Watercolor Paper, 90-Lb., 15-Sheet Pad, 9″ x 12″ (403428-705)
Sax True Flow Multi-Media Varnish, Quart (403960-705)
Die-Cut Mats, 11″ x 14″, White, Pebble (409662-705)
All-Plastic Box Frame, 11″ x 14″ (241884-705)
Tessellations: The History and Making of Symmetrical Designs, Book (402170-705)
Fractiles-7, Toy (402777-705)


1. Draw a light sketch on the painting surface to block out the intent of a Mandala; circles
and squares inside of each other.
2. Working from the outside in, paint in the largest area, moving from the squares to
the circles etc.
3. As the work draws to the center, the student can go back to reinforce an area that appears weak or without emphasis.
4. Apply Varnish to completed drawing/painting.

Rotational and Reflective

Symmetry Symmetry2Symmetry Assignment Rubric

Your artwork must incorporate:

  1. Rotational and/or Reflective Symmetry.
  2. Artwork that touch all edges of the paper.
  3. Artwork that connects to each other.
  4. Positive and Negative space.
  5. A variety of artistic mediums.
  6. Neatness and care in craftsmanship.  
  7. Creativity and originality.
  8. Proper care of materials used.
  9. Best use of class time.