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The Art of Geometry in Islamic Design

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Jessica Burton

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The Art of Geometry in Islamic Design
Lesson 1
Lesson 2
Negative and Positive Space

The Unit
Day 2 Assessment:
Students Will Be Able To...
1. Learn how to
mathematical concepts to art and design

ways works of art from the Islamic world use geometric forms and concepts

how historical and cultural context influence art processes and products

how geometric design is used in artistic application

geometric design in many different works of art from all cultural backgrounds
Class Profile
Grade: 7th Grade

Type of school: Suburban

Students: 28 (14 boys, 14 girls)

1 ELL Student at a Level 4
Essential Questions
How does art shape and reflect culture, society and history?

How are mathematics and geometry connected to art and design?

Topical Question
How is geometry used in Islamic design?

Reflective Question
How can I create a individual geometric design that connects and relates to the final group design?

Students will understand how geometric design and mathematics play a role in Islamic art and design.

Students will understand ways in which culture influences art.

Students will learn that mathematics is intricately connected to design and the art world.
Students Will Know...
1. Principles of Islamic design.

2. The role geometry has in repetition, pattern, unity, harmony, balance, and symmetry.

3. Printmaking techniques to construct repetitive patterns.

The Unit
Multicultural unit on
Islamic Art and Design

Introduces 7th graders to the
principles of geometry

9 week unit including 3 lessons

Class meets twice a week
Have a look at this image for 60 seconds and tell me what you think about it..
Let's take a closer look
at the dome...
Islamic Art has 3 Principal forms:


There are a variety of forms of geometry in Islamic art.
We are going to be focusing on Tessellations.
-Where do you think it was taken? - Does anyone know what this structure is called? What can you tell me about the shapes in this picture? How many different shapes do you see?
What do you notice about the shapes in the dome?
Are they abstract shapes or geometric?
What are tessellations?

A tessellation is created when a shape is repeated over and over again covering a plane without any gaps or overlaps.
Hook/ Anticipatory Set
Everyone please join me at the demo table!
Guided Practice
What is represented in the positive space and what is represented in the negative space?
Pairs will fill in what image is positive and which is negative space. The groups that receive the correct answers get two additional Dojo points
Hook for Day 2 of Lesson
Hook for Day 1 of Lesson
Negative/Positive Islamic Geometric Design
Step 1
Trace 8x8 square on grid, cut and fold along mid-line
Step 2
Draw geometric design using ruler and colored pencil on one side
Step 3
Unfold and color the blank side with crayon.
Step 4
Turn the colored side down onto the lighter construction paper. Use the ruler and colored pencil to retrace the design onto the paper.
Step 5
Cut out design and then put the pieces back together like a puzzle. Then start to flip the pieces along the mid-line flipping every other piece moving out from the center.
Formative Assessments
Summative Assessment
Reflection self-assesment on the project written in sketchbook.

Three things that I did well in completing the project.

Two things that need improvement.

What did you learn from this project?

Hook Day 2
To make
repetitive, infinite
designs in Islamic art, you have to use the principles of design
Video on tessellations
Resources in Flipboard
> Use concepts of symmetry, congruency, similarity, scale, perspective, and angles to describe and analyze two- and three-dimensional shapes found in practical applications (e.g., geodesic domes, A-frame houses, basketball courts, inclined planes, art forms, blueprints).
> Visual Arts: Identify and describe the elements of value, perspective and color schemes; the principles of contrast, emphasis and unity; and the expressive qualities of thematic development and sequence.
Students know and compare the characteristics of artworks in various eras and cultures
Students describe ways in which the principles and subject matter of other disciplines taught in the school are interrelated with the visual arts
Lesson 3 - Tessellations
Assessment: Day 1
Worksheet on Pos/Neg space which includes vocab
Tally points on board for Vocabulary Game

Hook Day 1:
45 sec. video using Victor Vasearely's use of Neg/Pos Space and "Vocabulary Game" with Tally Points
Day 1 : Lesson Plan
We learn about:
Elements of Art
Principles of Design
We learn about...
We learn about...
we learn that tessellations are in nature, all kinds of art, and can go on for infinity...
Hook: Day 2
Students submit their tessellation design.
Class critique.
Vocabulary Game with tally ppoints on board.
Day 2 Lesson Plan
Cutting the tessellation and making a stamp...
Introduction to final project - a "Persian" rug..
Day 3 Summative assessment:
Artist Statement
complete with...

Statement will include:

Personal statement on process
Academic Language

Attach tessellation

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