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When you hear the word Islam , what do
you think of?
You may think of women wrapped in burkas, dry sands, camels, and war.
The truth is, there is a rich heritage full of colorful art at your very
fingertips. You just have to find it!
After exploring this site, you should have a
good idea of how Islamic people expressed themselves and why. This
will prepare you for the task at hand....
1. Explore the online resources to
become familiar with Islamic traditions, life and art.
2. Observe the abstract and
geometrical nature of Islamic art.
3. Create your own artwork influenced by
traditional Islamic aesthetics.
Religion and Culture:
1.What is Islam? (Define
the core meaning of the word and explain how it is used today).
2. What countries
do you find Islam as the dominant religion? Print out a map.
3. What are some of
the basic principles of Islamic faith?
4. In what context
have you heard about Islam in current events and news?
Art and Design:
5. What are some
unique features of Islamic art, architecture and design?
6. How is Islamic
design related to geometry?
7. Find at least
two other cultures that have similar qualities in their designs. If
available to print, please do.
8. Why do Islamic
artists prefer to work with non-objective,
abstract designs? (What is
9. What is
symbolism? Discuss some symbols used by
Islamic artists to give meaning to their abstract images. (What is the
significance of a circle to an Islamic artist)?
10. Compare and
contrast Islamic artists' use of geometric and
curvilinear shapes. (What is an arabesque)?
While you are at home,
while travelling from class to class, or on your way about town observe your
surroundings. Find two examples of Islamic type design and create two
thumbnail sketches to share with your
classmates and use as inspiration. You will be graded on the
completion of the sketches!
Observations Based on Prior Learning:
design principles are most evident in your
observations of Islamic art? (Use proper art vocabulary to explain your
12. Do you notice
any dominant color schemes used by Islamic artists in their designs?
If so, what are they? Remember to use art vocabulary!
(Example: primary, secondary, analagous etc.)
13. How would you begin
to construct a design in the Islamic style?(Hint: You could use
repetition, scale change, interlocking shapes, image rotation, etc...)
traditional tools are used to create the designs? What are the
advantages and disadvantages of creating the pattern on the computer vs.
Print answers, map and other
Creating an Islamic Inspired Design:
1. Click on the
link for Taprats program and follow instructions with teacher.
2. Click on
Exercise A link and try to figure out how to recreate this in MS Word.
3. Follow same
steps for Exercise B.
4. Print out your
favorite design for inspiration in the classroom.
Using a digital camera, find five different
examples of Islamic type design on campus. Import the images into a
drawing or digital manipulation program and use them to create your own
You will be evaluated as a group
and individually. If your designated research task is incomplete you will
be graded accordingly. Following is the rubric that I will be using to
determine your grades. Answers that are plagiarized will receive no points.
Questions from process
Questions answered with
Questions answered with
clarity and detail
Questions answered with
clarity, descriptive detail and thoughtfulness
Evaluation of Islamic
Used appropriate tools to create
patterns, thumbnails completed
Thumbnails completed, appropriate tools used to create Islamic
inspired patterns reflecting symmetry
Thumbnails completed, appropriate tools used; craftsmanship
above average; Islamic aesthetic represented
Thumbnails completed, appropriate tools used; superior
craftsmanship; Islamic aesthetic well executed
One member of your group
participates during information gathering
More than one member of
your group participates
members of your group participate and apply what was learned during
All members of group
apply what was learned and demonstrate an in-depth understanding
I hope you have a better understanding of the
art and the people of Islamic cultures. Remember: All art has a reason and
a meaning. It's just sometimes hard to see.
Photo of Copper artwork representing "Muhammed"
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