APRIL

ISLAMIC ART AND TESSELATIONS

Islam is a religion based on the holy book, the Qur’an (sometimes spelt Koran). Followers of Islam are called Muslims. As the Islam religion and Islamic culture spread, it adopted some traditions and knowledge from local environments. Islamic art is influenced by Arabic, Persian, Mesopotamian, and African traditions, in addition to Byzantine inspirations. Yet Islamic art is unique in its own way.

Geometric art in the ceramic tiles is extremely sophisticated, requiring scientific and mathematical precision, with imagination and creativity. In Islam, the tradition is to not depict living creatures, that are associated with idols and statues. Abstract geometrical forms were favored in mosques, based on mathematical shapes and forms, because they encourage spiritual contemplation.

WHAT IS SYMMETRY?

Watch the video below to learn more.

Below are the 4 different ways to make tesselations. Please choose the one you like best.

1. Coloring pages

Print and color one of the tesselation pages listed below.

Explain how the geometric pattern repeats and where you notice symmetry.

–  Islamic Tiles #1
–  Islamic Tiles #2
–  Islamic Tiles #3
–  Islamic Tiles #4
–  Islamic Tiles #5

2. Create Symmetrical Patterns with Homemade Stamps

Create a tesselation using everyday household objects. Explain what you object you used.

INSTRUCTIONS

 Explain how the geometric pattern repeats and where you notice symmetry.

3. Make a Tessellation:

Using this video, or reading these on-line instructions, make your own tessellation! 

Explain how the geometric pattern repeats and where you notice symmetry.

4. Tessellation Creator 

Use the tesselation creator to make tesselations online. Upload a screenshot of your final work.

 Explain how the geometric pattern repeats and where you notice symmetry.

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