ERIC Number: ED332922
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
A Jeweler's Eye: Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection.
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.
Originally designed for use in combination with a museum visit to the Islamic Arts of the Book from the Vever Collection exhibition at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., the document presents a teaching package about Islamic art during the late 16th-early 17th century. Themes in Islamic art addressed included the use of brilliant color, intricate details, pattern, modular structure in composition, and successive combinations of units. Slides and discussion questions show students how Islamic books, called albums, were made. Four student activities are outlined: (1) Islamic motifs and patterns that show how intricate abstract designs were made by combining squares, rectangles, triangles, and circles; (2) how to create albums; (3) using calligraphy to write words and sentences that also form a picture; and 4) an exercise to help identify the main characteristics of Islamic poetry. The section on background information for teachers describes the five pillars of Islam, how Islamic art is defined, the importance of calligraphy, and how books have always been held in high esteem. The final section is a list of resources for obtaining further information, and programs about the Islamic world, and a suggested reading list for teachers. (KM)
Descriptors: Aesthetic Education, Art Activities, Art Appreciation, Art Education, Art History, Creative Activities, Cultural Activities, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrichment Activities, Islam, Islamic Culture, Manuscript Writing (Handlettering), Painting (Visual Arts), Poetry
Education Department, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC 20560 (includes slide set).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.