Islamic Art and Geometric Design

After an overview of Islamic traditions and art, young artists create their own geometric shapes and patterns using only a straightedge and a compass.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups research and develop presentations on the Alhambra and other famous examples of Islamic art
Classroom Considerations

  • The images provided in the packet would be difficult to project; however, all are availabe on the Internet
Pros

  • The 25-page packet from the Metropolitan Museum of Art includes background information about the principles, teachings, and traditions of Islam that influence Islamic art, images, and directions and templates for creating geometric designs
Cons

  • None