Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Islamic Art Name Designs

by Taylor M.

Grade 4 students at WES and BMS have studied Islamic artwork. We took a look at the three common motifs in this type of art which are calligraphy, arabesques, and geometric shape in architecture. 
We noticed when we looked at the three different motifs, all of the images connected to each other to create a design.  The geometric shapes created tessellations, the calligraphy and the arabesques look like line designs.   So we took this idea and we created a name design. 

We started with a 12x12 piece of drawing paper and folded it to create a triangle.  We folded it two more times after that so that when we opened our work we had 8 triangles on our 12 x 12 sheet. 

By Jeffrey P.

 In one of the triangles, we wrote our name using bubble letters.  Letters should touch the top edge and bottom edge of the triangle.  This will benefit us in the end because we want our letters to look like they connect to each other when we copy them.  Once we have our name placed and fitted in our triangle, we used carbon paper to copy our name in the remaining triangles.  When adding color, we used Mr. Sketch (unscented, of course!) markers, Crayola Bold  and Tropical markers and colored starting from the enter and working our way outwards in a circle. We are treating our work as if it were a design.  We are not looking at our work and coloring individual letters a different color and then coloring the background.  This was a hard concept to grasp but we eventually figured it out with a lot of demonstrating and help from me! When finished, we have a design that shows radial symmetry, and that is inspired by Islamic artwork and the 3 motifs we had discussed in the beginning of our lesson. 


  1. Love this idea! Do you have the lesson plans that you taught prior to this art project?

    1. Chone,
      Do you want the lesson for this whole project? what we discussed, etc? and then the procedure? email me your address and I can send it to you if you are interested.

  2. Great Idea! The way you demonstrate the Islamic art name design is very innovative and creative. You can also use traditional method to explore range of Islamic designs and Arabic Stencils patterns here. Thanks For sharing with us this Islamic designs.