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Visual stories with unlimited creative possibilities, Mandalas have fascinated mankind through the centuries.
Primary school children readily take to expressing themselves using the shapes, images and colours of Mandalas.
Karen offers four Mandala programs for schools, three that focus on raising awareness (ie. Cultural Awareness, Self Awareness and Environment Awareness) and the other on enhancing the school grounds.
Cultural Awareness Mandala program
Environment Awareness Mandala program
This three panel mural was designed collaboratively with students, staff and the artist for the library of the Napean School, a special school in Frankston. The theme was ‘Other worlds that books open’ beautifying the area and adding another dimension to reading.
Situated in a breezeway of the school this mosaic represents the experience of regeneration of students, staff and their environment, following the bushfires of 2010. It is a mosaic of hope and recovery depicting the tenacity of the spirit within all living things. Designed by students, Sarah Hardy and myself it took 15 days to complete. About 15 meters long and up to 4 meters high, it involved working with students from year 7 to year 12, staff and the wider community – all who in some way had been affected by the bush fires.
Features such as the rosella and the butterflies are made in tiles and the use of glass enhances the design creating light catching and reflective effects. The ceramics and use of different tiles added to the contrasting profile as this design which was created to be a tactile work of art.
SCHOOLS OF SPRINGVALE AREA
SPRINGVALE PRIMARY 2009
Large wall mosaics were created by all students from preps. to grade six, some staff and parents. They were involved with conceptual themes, design, drafting and making the art work itself. The mandalas sit either side of the front entrance representing the four school houses and important values held by students. The birds are local and are often seen in the area and grounds.
Mural created to enhance passage way and show how art can be developed through inspiration from other artists. This tropical scene was influenced by the works of Henri Roseau and painted with year 5 and 6 students.
Mosaics created by the students of Kingspark Primary School.
The wave of life is a mosaic that represents the journey of life - the ups and downs and how we are swept along in the ebb and flow. Under the surface we discover different aspects of life, things that we had been unaware of but can enrich our experiences.
Represents the metamorphosis - the process that brings us from childhood into adults.
Copperfield Secondary College
Peninsula Secondary Schools Prrogram2008
Pastel art portraits created by year 7 & 8 students involved in the 'Listen Up' Program running during Refugee week at Lyndale Secondary College, Dandenong.
Tile and ceramic Mandalas.
Mandala Whirlpool & Frog mosaic Lilydale Primary school
Working as a local artist in residence I aim to enhance the profile of the Arts within your school and the wider community by welding a number of cross-curriculur activities, showing that Art (visual and performing) is an integral part of our community.
Mandala projects would be aimed at different sections of the school and could encompass junior school years through to year 12 in a variety of subjects.
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