UMD Art Ed and Kids In-process Art

The aim of integrating this project into a university elementary methods course in art education was to develop visually sensitive and culturally engaged future art teachers through meaningful art experiences in the college classroom and in the community. This approach to teacher training expanded the students’ knowledge about multicultural art through innovative inquiry, critical reflection, artistic creativity and meaningful learning in a living art education curriculum.


In this pedagogical model, the college students are active participants in the creation, and dissemination of The Patterns for Peace: Tulip and Arabesque curriculum. Students are required to create original lesson plans and studio projects to share with children in a three- time class visit. Using a variety of instructional methods such as the Discovery, Directive, and Socratic methodologies, students guided children through the art lessons at their small tables that became mini-classrooms. In this way, students were able to apply, and test out, the learning theories and educational strategies that they are studying. The community outreach offered an alternative setting for supervised pre-service fieldwork. Here, the student began the transition from student to teacher in a favorable environment that encouraged intergenerational teaching and learning. For many students, especially the non-art majors, the challenge of motivating and promoting meaningful aesthetic experiences was enriched through the working with the children. They were learners together.


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  1. Here are some links to Symmetry and Pattern Resources on the Web>>

    Symmetry and Pattern: The Art of Oriental Carpets
    In this online exhibit, the study of symmetry is used to analyze
    patterns in Oriental carpets. A joint project of The Textile Museum
    and The Math Forum.

    Kilims are Turkish rugs which come from the Anatolian Plateau in
    Central Turkey, also called “Cappadocia” . The rugs have always been
    woven entirely by hand, the wool twisted into threads with the use of
    small, wooden spindles which are still in use today. Homemade dyes
    were used, and many families kept secret their knowledge of which
    leaves, flowers, roots or vegetables would yield the most radiant
    Here are some photos of a kilim weaver at work on her own piece. Kilims
    are more than interior decorations; they are a part of a history of
    both the individual and the culture that created them. By watching the
    creative process, we want you to feel a connection to this ancient art.
    Contact Barbara Sher at if you are interested…

    Turkish Carpets & Rugs Portal aims to become the leading information portal
    regarding the history, military, culture and arts of the Ottoman
    Empire that has once dominated a large territory from Egypt to Russia,
    from India to Austria. will be sponsorship oriented
    non-commercial web site which will be followed by,
    a platform that will trade Ottoman art, and, the
    future home of the interactive game “Constantinople 1453”.

    Geometric motifs were popular with Islamic artists and designers in all
    parts of the world, for decorating almost every surface, whether walls
    or floors, pots or lamps, book covers or textiles. As Islam spread
    from nation to nation and region to region, Islamic artists combined
    their penchant for geometry with existing traditions, creating a new
    and distinctive Islamic art. This art expressed the logic and order
    inherent in the Islamic vision of the universe.

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    Taprats: Computer-Generated Islamic Star Patterns … Symmetries of
    Islamic Geomertical Patterns

    Islamic Geometric Patterns

    Jay Bonner is a specialist in the design of Islamic geometric patterns.
    Some 25 years ago he rediscovered the lost techniques used by
    traditional Muslim pattern designers. These techniques provide the
    means to recreate even the most complex patterns used by Islamic
    cultures of the past, as well as to create original Islamic geometric
    patterns that are wholly in keeping with this great tradition.

    The Nature of Islamic Ornament: Geometric Patterns | Special …

    The Nature of Islamic Ornament: Geometric Patterns Islamic Art:
    Overview | VegetalPatterns | Calligraphy | Figural Representation …

    Islamic Architecture – mosques & palaces.
    ISLAMICART & ARCHITECTURE … 01 Islamic Patterns : An Analytical &
    Cosmological Approach …

    Carpets and kilims – All About Turkey
    Therefore, Anatolian rugs form a branch of ethnic Turkish rugs. … The
    weaver then takes a piece of wool which corresponds with the pattern
    and forms a …

    The culture of Turkish carpets,culture of carpets,History,parts of …
    Turkish carpets devided into some category shown below. … The
    earliest patterns of Kulacarpets were either geometrical or composed
    of highly stylised …

    Cinili Kösk Istanbul Photo Gallery by Dick Osseman at
    It is here that I fell in love with the great colours and beautiful
    ornamentation of the best ofTurkish tiles, mosque lamps, plates et
    cetera. …

    Turkish tiles and pottery from the 14th to 19th centuries have won …
    The cut pieces were placed, according to a design, in a mosaic-like

    Iznik Ceramics: Making a Ceramic Tile
    Use a timeline of Turkish history to review key dates/ events. Show
    examples of objects unique … Tape tracing paper with design, on to
    the ceramic tile. …, Turkish Ministry of
    Culture. Video titled, Circle Within the Square

    ?znik is located on the banks of the lake of the same name in the
    province of Bursa in the northwestern part of Anatolia. In antiquity
    it lay within the borders of the Bithynian region. One legend says
    that the town was established on the return of the God Dionysus from
    India. According to another legend, ?znik was colonized by the
    soldiers who escorted Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) during his

    The ?znik Foundation is composed of three entities: Vocational Center,
    Tile- Ceramics Research Center and the Tile and Ceramics Atelier. It
    also has a liaison office in

    The art of Turkish tiles and ceramics occupies a place of prominence in
    the history of Islamic art. Its roots can be traced at least as far
    back as the Uighurs of the 8th and 9th centuries.

    It is the first stage in, what is hoped, will become a National
    Database of historic tile designs. Initially the web site will
    concentrate on providing information about known decorative wall and
    floor tile manufacturers and designers, together with images and
    information about nineteenth and twentieth century tile designs from
    the United Kingdom.

    I am particularly struck by the power of the hand painted Turkish tiles
    from the 15th to 18th centuries.

    The Art of Turkish Tiles and Ceramics
    Tile mosaic is formed by pieces of tile cut to shapes to fit the
    pattern … To summarize, the art of Turkish tile and ceramic-making
    developed over the …

    Count On
    Islamic patterns as new tiles from old This is a common Islamic
    pattern. … Many Islamic patterns are “stellated”. These star shaped
    designs are often said … morphing/07islamictilings.shtml

    Ian Alexander’s Natural Patterns Library
    Ian Alexander’s Natural Patterns Library. Ian Alexander’s Natural
    Patterns Library. This site consists of many natural images with
    visual and textual …

    Islamic Patterns
    Islamic law forbids human (or animal) figures in religious sites, and
    so the primary forms of decoration have been floral patterns,
    geometric shapes, …

    Islamic Book Design
    Our goal is to provide publishers of Islamic books and journals with
    graphic designs that are dynamic and contemporary but respectful of
    traditional Islamic aesthetic.

    Alhambra and General Life
    The best conserved Arabian palace of its epoch

    Traditional Hand-made Islamic Art & Calligraphy
    We offer a variety of unique and creative Islamic calligraphy on
    various types of woods and stained glass. Each piece has an artistic
    element of its own possessing its own character to enlighten any home,
    office or prayer room.

    A Galerry of Islamic Graphics and Art – Free downloads
    Free download graphics, islamic wallpapers, Msn messenger display and
    avatars. The images are in good resolution. Alhamdulillah…

    New Book from Lund Humphries: ‘Bright Flowers. Textiles and Ceramics
    of Central Asia’
    ‘Bright Flowers’ reveals, in many cases for the first time in
    published form, some of the spectacular and colourful embroidered
    textiles and glazed ceramics of Central Asia. It provides a
    fascinating insight into the material culture and peoples of an area
    which is becoming increasingly well- known to outsiders. Price: £32.50,
    ISBN: 0 85331 912 X Symmetries of Islamic Geometrical Patterns: Books: SJ
    Abas,Amer Shaker Salman,Ahmed Moustafa by SJ Abas,Amer Shaker
    Salman,Ahmed Moustafa.
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    150 color and black-and-white drawings of Islamic patterns. … “A
    masterly exposition ofIslamic pattern and the underlying cosmological
    principles.” …

    Henna patterns based on Tunisian folk art. … Tuareg Patterns ·
    Amazigh (Berber) Patterns · Afghani Patterns · Turkish Patterns ·
    Persian Patterns

    Classic Arabic/Islamic calligraphy and Painting

    Mecca2Medina is a UK based Islamic Hip Hop and Reggae group, the group
    produce instrumental and Non-instrumental music. Our aims are to inform
    Muslims and Non-Muslims of the beauty of Islam and how it interacts in
    our lives daily, we also attempt to address issues that affect our
    communities Muslims and Non-Muslims. We are not a political
    organisation, and do not belong to any groups, the work we do is
    essentially for Dawah purposes, and also for the creation of positive
    entertainment for our young Muslim brothers and sisters distracted by
    mainstream media.

    Meem Music
    Producers and distributors of fine Islamic audio. Record label for some
    of the freshest Nasheed artists in the West.

    islamic multimedia

    Turkish Music, Turkish Food, Turkish Movies, Turkish Grocery …
    More than 30000 Turkish books, 5000 Turkish music titles, Turkish food
    items … less oriental in colour and pattern as the distance from
    Turkey increases. …


    The Tulip
    According to Persian legend, the first tulips sprang up from the drops
    of blood shed by a lover and for a long time the tulip was the symbol
    of avowed love. …

    The story of the tulip
    The tulip, symbol of Holland. But did you know that this flower has its
    roots in the mountains of Kazakhstan? Even in Holland most people do
    not know that …

    The Holland Ring – Tulips
    For the rich and the famous the tulip was a status symbol. The
    popularity of the tulip soared and soon the demand skyrocketed. In
    1636, people started using …

    tulip: Definition and Much More From
    The tulip is the national flower of Iran and Turkey, and tulip motifs
    feature prominently in Persian and Turkish folk arts. The European name
    for the flower …

    Iran – Flag
    … the national emblem (a stylized representation of the word Allah in
    the shape of a tulip, asymbol of martyrdom) in red is centered in the
    white band; …

    The Tulip
    Title: The Tulip: A Symbol of Two Nations Author: exhibition catalogue
    Subject: 1993 Istanbul exhibition catalogue tracing both the Dutch and
    Turkish …

    Symbolism of Flowers or, the Language of Flowers
    Phlox – Symbol of sweet dreams and implies a proposal of marriage. …
    energy; Tulip – in Persia the tulip is the symbol of love; Violet –
    Modesty …

    Also in the Turkish history Tulip played an interesting role. The
    period in our history between 1718-1730 is called as the “Tulip Era”,
    under the reign of sultan Ahmed III. This period is also expressed as
    an era of peace and enjoyment. Tulips became and important style of
    life within the arts, folklore and the daily life. Many embroidery and
    textile clothing handmade bywoman, carpets, tiles, miniatures etc. had
    tulip designs or shapes, large tulip gardens around the Golden Horn
    were frequented by upscale people, and so on. Also, the first printing
    house was founded by Ibrahim Müteferrika in Istanbul. The Tulip Era
    was brought to an end after the Patrona Halil revolt in 1730, ending
    with the de-thronation of the Sultan.


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