Two Waters Arts Alliance
Artists in Schools

Residency Artists

Billy Gray

RESIDENCY OFFERED:
MANDALAS, PATTERNS, AND COLOR THEORY

SCHOOL CURRICULUM COMPLEMENTED:
Geometry and Science, building of a new vocabulary.

SUPPLIES & TIME FRAME:
Paper, compasses, rulers, colored pencils, acrylic paint, brushes, acrylic mediums.

3 Hours minimum – 12 hours maximum

AGE GROUP:
4th to 7th grades

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The mandala in general usage is a symmetrical arrangement with proportions arranged to depict a visual field which is conducive to self reflecti

on. Students will be making their own mandalas. Patterns are ordered designs with a geometric framework which can take the form of either stripes, squares, diamonds, ogees, and other interlocking forms. Patterns can be overlaid with naturalistic elements disguising the background pattern which is common in wall paper. Students will be designing their own patterns. Color Theory is based on the full spectrum of colors generally arranged around the color wheel. Colors opposite on the color wheel are generally compliments. Colors next to one another on the color wheel are analogous. Tints and shades of a single color are monochromatic. There are other combinations of all those mentioned above. Color wheels and various other color charts of color mixing will be the completed project.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
BA of Fine Arts at the University of California, Irvine.

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY:
“Art as enrichment of the human experience”.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
Billy spent 11 years teaching in the Hawaiian public school system. He currently works with TWAA’s After School Art.