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Math and Mandalas Virtual Residency

Math and Mandalas Virtual Residency

3-Session Enrichment

Math and Mandalas

A free, three-session program for NYCDOE Title 1 schools

Explore the mandala, a symbol of the universe, through the lens of mathematics. Over three sessions students will learn drafting techniques, at-home printmaking, and apply mathematical concepts to the art-making process to create their own printed mandalas. The program supports the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and makes cross-curricular connections to social studies, ELA, and art.

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Math and Mandalas Virtual Residency FAQ

How long are the three sessions?

Session 1 and session 3 are 90-minute art-making sessions. Session 2 is a virtual art tour that lasts about one class period or 45 minutes.

What technology do we need?
  • If you are participating as a group from the classroom, you will need a Smartboard or projector that is connected to a web-enabled device with a microphone and an internal or external camera.
  • If students are joining from individual devices, they need to have access to Zoom (preferable) or Google Meet.
What video connection methods do you use?

The Math and Mandalas Virtual Residency is a live program that is preferably hosted through the Rubin’s Zoom account. We understand that due to security concerns some schools may need to host the program through their own Zoom or Google Meet accounts, in which case they need to allow our team to have hosting/screen sharing capabilities.

Do the students need to have their cameras on?

Although we find it more successful to work with students when everyone can see each other, students are not required to have their cameras on.

Can you provide CC or ASL?
At this time we are unable to offer ASL interpretation With 2 weeks notice we can provide closed captioning during the sessions, provided the sessions are held using the Rubin’s Zoom account.
What materials will the students need?


  • Pencils x2
  • Rulers or a straight-edge item like a book
  • Any size paper, no smaller than letter size (8.5 x 11 in.)
  • String, yarn, shoelaces, or ribbon
  • Cup and bowl (optional) (edited)


  • Mandala blueprints created in session 1
  • Plastic bag
  • Markers or pens
  • Scissors (optional)
Can we record the sessions?

For the safety of the students and the security of the educators, we ask that none of the sessions be recorded.

Who will be teaching the residency sessions?

A Rubin teaching artist will be paired with you to lead all three sessions, along with a Rubin support staff member.

What if we need to cancel or reschedule?

If you need to cancel the residency, we ask that you inform us 3 weeks before the first session, as this is a by-application program. You will work with your Rubin teaching artist to schedule each session, and if you need to reschedule an individual session, email them directly 2 weeks beforehand to schedule a new time.

What if there is a technology failure?

We understand that video conferencing can be finicky and that internet connections are not always reliable, especially for remote learning. If a serious technology failure occurs in your classroom or with the Rubin teaching artist, we will work with you to reschedule your session(s).

How many residencies can my school book?

We have a limited number of slots available each semester, so we try to limit each school to three classrooms per semester.

Do we need to do a test meeting before the residency begins?

Every confirmed residency will have a planning meeting with the Rubin teaching artist and a member of the School and Family team at the Rubin. This will take place over video conference.

What grade range is this residency for?

We are currently offering this residency for third- through twelfth-grade classes.

This program is made possible The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation.

Additional support for K-12 Programs has been provided by Agnes Gund and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.