Monday, September 30, 2013

Middle Eastern Art

Grade 5 students at WES and BMS have studied Middle Eastern 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.

In one of the triangles, we wrote our name using bubble letters (you can see that in the photo below). 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 and mirror symmetry, and that is inspired by Middle Eastern artwork and the 3 motifs we had discussed in the beginning of our lesson.  More photos to come of completed work!

Clockwise from the top center photo: Students working, example of lettering and use of carbon paper,
finished copy work, students adding color. 

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