We’ve had more happening on this project! We had a visitor from the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake ( their website http://utahmuslims.com/ ). Here are some sample questions that Mr. Muhammed addressed:
What sports do you like to play?
What are drinks like in Islam?
Which is your favorite pillar of Islam?
Do you like pizza?
I studied Arabic in Egypt a few years ago. I learned a lot about Islamic culture, but I felt inadequate to give the student artists answers to their questions. So we invited Muhammed. After he left, I had the students write any questions they still had or wish they would have asked. What would you ask?
In 4th grade we’ve begun a new project…learning about Islamic art. We’ve taken a contemporary approach by looking at artifacts which were gathered from the Middle East in the past 10 years. Here is a photograph of these artifacts grouped together.
Students will research their object, trying to find out what it is, and IF it relates to Islam. We’re trying to find a connection between contemporary culture and the centuries-old Islam.
Here are some close ups of the artifacts:
MY BEST GUESS…
1 Paragraph, written or typed. 5 Sentences total.
Talk to 2 other people. Write what they think then tell me what YOU think.
You can submit this in person or here on the blog!
Hope you had a relaxing break!
Project: design a tile, using any design, pattern or image you’d like to include. The only thing you’re not allowed to represent is a person.
Like Chinese art, calligraphy is one of the most important Islamic arts.
This is because of al-Qur’an, the holy book containing the teachings of God received through the prophet Muhammad. The Qur’an is only really the Qur’ana when read, studied and recited in Arabic. So Muslims study Arabic to be able to worship properly. Most Muslims are not Arab…they don’t already speak Arabic! There are over a billion Muslims, and only a small percentage live in the Middle East! (Understanding Arabs )
Project: Using your own name, or the name of someone special to you, create or invent a way to show off that name. Consider making a small sketchbook, a special picture or invent a way to make that name look cool.