I absolutely adore Islamic architecture- the domes, the arches, the dramatic minarets, the tiles and Arabic calligraphy. I was inspired for this lesson after taking a tour throughout all of Tunisia a couple of years ago. I visited many beautiful mosques including the Great Mosque of Kairouan.
I developed a handout which shows the main elements of a mosques and lots of clip art of mosques for the students to be inspired by. I also showed a slide show displaying all the famous mosques from around the world. Then my Grade 8 students got started:
Practice sketches in their sketchbook first- they had to include minarets, a dome, arches and the composition had to look somewhat balanced and symmetrical.
Then start their good copy on large white heavy paper:
Once the drawing is complete, pass over all the lines with a permanent black marker.
Some used a regular Sharpie, and others used the fine tips ones.
We used the bleeding' marker watercolour technique:
outline within/inside each shape with waterbased markers, then use a wet paintbrush to blend and bleed the colours together.
It's a more controlled type of watercolour technique, I guess you could say.
Here's a detail:
You can also add patterns with your markers and it still shows up a bit after the water is used.
I have a set (thanks to a lovely birthday gift) of Islamic rubber stamps.
Students used these around their border.
Students painted the background with metallic tempera paint. I like the Italian brand "Primo" as you only need one coat for decent coverage. I find other brands of metallic tempera you have to put on 2-3 layers to get it opaque.
|love the creativity in this one!|