Islamic Art and Culture

Provided by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, this resource for teachers examines Islamic art, including calligraphy, arabesques, and geometric designs.  A recounting of the spread of the faith and the tumultuous political history of the Middle East runs parallel to the artistic developments of the periods and images of period works.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Perfect for humanities and/or art history classes, but also appropriate for social studies, math, and science
Classroom Considerations

  • To borrow the slides or a CD of the materials, you must create a free account with the National Gallery of Art Education Resources; to access, follow the link provided in the Included Materials section of this review

  • The 64-page packet includes an introduction, images, slide descriptions, teaching suggestions, maps, and a list of related resources
  • A Table of Contents makes it easy to locate specific resources within the packet
  • The matrix on the final page of the packet indicates the content areas address by each slide
  • Of particular value is the background information about Muhammad and the beginnings of Islam, and the basic tenets of the faith, the Five Pillars of Islam

  • No specific plans are included
Common Core

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  • Islamic Art and Culture
  • Activity
  • Informational Text
  • Graphics & Images
  • Primary Source
  • Vocabulary