Allison Academy continues to foster interesting educational activities.
Mandala project, carried out as part of the Allison Academy Art Class, has been finished in grand style! Students honored their audience with wonderful and imaginative mandala drawings.
In addition to being eye candy due to their rich colours and perfect symmetry, Allison Academy students’ mandalas hide the names of the students who drew them. Here’s an opportunity for eagle-eyed viewers to test their skills by finding the hidden names of the artists.
Mandalas have been exhibited on the school wall, much to all students, teachers and parents’ delight, and everyone is more than welcome to come and see them and enjoy the creativity of Allison Academy students which is the result of the fruitful cooperation between them and Mrs. Milner, the teacher who runs the Art Class and who expertly guided this project.
Mandala as the symbol of unity and harmony
Mandala is an ancient drawing skill that comes from Buddhism and Hinduism. The word means circle in Sanskrit. Mandalas are always drawn in perfect circle symmetry so as to achieve inner harmony and unity with the Cosmos. It has been long established that mandalas have a positive effect on people’s physical and mental health. The famous psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung believed that drawing mandalas helps people interact with their being.
Why are mandalas useful for children and young people?
Drawing mandalas increases the capacity of children and young people to learn and undergo personal and social development.
1. Developing focus, persistence, and stability
Mandala requires deep focus and patience which eventually reward the artist with a soothing visual and emotional stimulus.
The students are motivated to create perfect symmetry and colour shapes, as well as to show their drawings to their teachers and parents. Hence they strengthen their focus, persistence, and stability.
2. Unleashing imagination and creativity
The students are free to draw shapes and colour them the way they like. This free approach helps them unleash their imagination and creativity.
3. Eliminating negative emotions
Focus on drawing helps the artist be in the moment and eliminate negative emotions and moods.
4. Increasing self-confidence
Mandalas provide lots of space for individual creativity and the development of a cognitive, psychologic, and physical balance, all of which increases the students’ confidence and belief in themselves.
5. Improving psychomotor coordination
By drawing mandalas, children practice and enhance their overall psychomotor coordination.
The drawings illustrate the individuality of each student
The drawings exhibited at Allison Academy have successfully responded to mandala standards and reflected the students’ originality and talent.
Allison Academy has once again showed consistency in fostering the unique individuality of each student, which is why the school curriculum includes content that significantly contributes to such mission.