Natural Mandalas

Explore radial symmetry to create a natural mandala, a wonderful way to connect with the natural environment

Years: 5, 6

Duration: 120mins

Curriculum Objectives: 2

Subject: Art


Resource Overview

“We often forget that WE ARE NATURE. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves.” ― Andy Goldsworthy
This lesson, based on his work, aims to readdress this balance and reconnects children with the natural world that surrounds them. It would work wonderfully on a beach, in a wood or simply in the school playground and results in stunning art perfect for a pop up gallery.


Resource Assets

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Natural Mandalas - Lesson Plan

Whilst this lesson has been written specifically for an art lesson it can be a wonderful addition to PSHE, RE, ICT and maths lessons too.

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Natural Mandalas: Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy OBE is a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist producing site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings.

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Examples of natural mandalas

A mandala is a geometric design meant to symbolize the universe and our connection to it. It is an art form that is found in many cultures around the world. The word mandala is rooted in Sanskrit, and means “circular” and were often create, traditionally, using sand.

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Natural Mandalas: Symmetry in Nature

Symmetry is pervasive in living things. Animals mainly have bilateral or mirror symmetry, as do the leaves of plants and some flowers such as orchids.Plants often have radial or rotational symmetry, as do many flowers and some groups of animals such as sea anemones.


Curriculum Objectives

  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials.
  • Learn about great artists, architects and designers in history