Monday, May 5, 2008

Islamic Art, Religion and Culture

Grade Level
grades 6-8

Anticipated Time Period
Two one hour lessons

CT ART State Standards
Content Standard 3: Content
Students will consider, select and apply a range of subject matter, symbols and ideas.
Content Standard 4: History and Culture
Students will understand the visual arts in relation to history and culture

CT Social Studies Content Standard: Culture
All world religions and belief systems have geographic origins and founding leaders, principles, and teachings.

Contacts among different cultures led to changes in belief systems, art, science, technology, language, and systems of government.

The early Arab, African, Chinese, European, Greek, Indian, Roman, and American civilizations contributed significant cultural and scientific legacies.

Lesson Goal
Students will understand the connection between Islamic Art, culture and religion by exploring the Middle East.

Students will identify the Five Pillars of Faith.
Students will recognize the symbols used in Islamic Art

PowerPoint on ‘Islamic Art, Religion and Culture'

Question Sheet on Powerpoint Presentation
Activity sheet on the Five Pillars of Faith
Pencils, crayons, colored pencils, markers

Teacher will share PowerPoint presentation on ‘Islamic Art, Religion and Culture’
Class discussion on Five Pillars of Faith
View slides of’ Islamic Art and Culture’(National Gallery of Art)
Take a virtual tour the Suleymaniye Mosque (DVD-Saudi Aramco WORLD)

1) The classes will view remotely a PowerPoint presentation of 'Islamic Art, Religion and Culture' followed by a joint class discussion.

Click on this link to view the powerpoint: Islamic, Art Religion and Culture

2) The teacher will project the ‘fill in the blank’ questions on the board (or distribute hardcopy to the students) and students will remotely answer and discuss the questions as a joint class discussion.

3) Give each student a copy of the ‘Five Pillars of Faith’ and have them complete the art activity sheet on the ‘Five Pillars of Faith’, using markers, crayons or colored pencils.

Link for Activity sheet of Five Pillars:

Extension Activity Assessment
Students will share their art activity sheet ‘Five Pillars of Islam’ with classes and teachers remotely (through videoconferencing) and will create a bulletin board of their ideas.


Michael said...

I liked learning about the call to prayer which happens 5 times a day.It was interesting to learn how much they cared about their religon.

Brendan said...

I learned that in Islamic art, you cannot put humans or animals in the mosque, for respect. Also, when you draw the Prophet Muhammed, you must put a veil on his face, a sign of respect.

Katie said...

I liked learning about how the muslums did the call to pray 5 times a day.It was interesting to learn about a different religon.

Marc said...

It was fascinating learning about the five pillars of faith and their meanings. You must: pray atleast five times a day, fast, donate to the poor, go to the land of Mecca, and believe in one God, Allah.

Dave A said...

i learned in miss avery's class that they do a call to prayer five tomes a day like micheal said and would like to go there and see that happen becuase miss aver saud that she could hear it all the way from her hotel that she stayed. and i also learned that all the art that the turkish people do is all symetrical and they cant use humans and or animals in any of their art that goes into the mosqe just like brendan said and they also do it all of resoect for Muhammed.