Here are some Middle East resources. -- Dianne
Education Page at the Smithsonian Institution's Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art
Includes Arts of the Islamic World: A Teacher's Guide, a downloadable set of seven lessons with images in PDF format (free!).
The Education Program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met has several downloadable PDF lesson plans for classroom use, including:
The Art of Ancient Egypt: A Resource for Educators
The art of ancient Egypt and the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art come together in this comprehensive resource for educators, which includes summaries of ancient Egyptian history and art, maps, lesson plans and classroom activities, a bibliography, and a glossary. The descriptions of the works and other information are aimed at increasing knowledge and pleasure in viewing Egyptian art at the Metropolitan or other museums. The materials can be adapted for students of all ages, interests, and abilities, and can be used to enrich any curriculum.
Art of the Ancient Near East: A Resource for Educators
Many features of civilization originated in the lands we call the ancient Near East, a vast and varied area from Turkey to the Indus Valley of present-day Pakistan and from the Caucasus to the Arabian Peninsula. This essential guide for K�12 educators introduces the variety and diversity of art produced by the rich and complex cultures that flourished in this region during an equally vast time period, from the eighth millennium B.C. to the middle of the seventh century A.D. Learn about the cultural, archaeological, and historical contexts for a selection of thirty works of art in the form of sculpture, silver and gold ritual vessels and objects, monumental reliefs, cuneiform tablets, and stamp and cylinder seals. Curriculum connections, discussion questions, lesson plans, and activities for a range of grade levels provide useful strategies for teaching in the classroom. The resource also includes a bibliography and glossary.
Islamic Art and Geometric Design: Activities for Learning
Examine the principles of geometric design that are the basis for the beautiful and intricate patterns in the art of the Islamic world. Includes a brief overview of Islamic art, an introduction to related works in the Museum, and a series of pattern-making activities (including reproducible grids) for use in the classroom. Teachers can readily adapt these materials to create exciting lessons in art, culture, math, and geometry.
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute has many, many lesson plans and Teacher Manuals on their Web site, including:
Art of the Ancient Mediterranean World
Uncover the world of ancient Egypt, Greece, and Italy through 20 works from the Art Institute's Ancient collection. This extensive manual includes historical essays, discussion questions, classroom applications, self-guides to the Art Institute, language sections, a glossary, bibliography, and related websites.
Gold of Africa
This Art Institute manual introduces teachers to the African gold trade, a selection of gold-producing cultures, and types of objects made out of the precious metal as it tells the history of the trans-Saharan trade that helped to shape West African empires of Ghana, Mali, and Senegal. A map, glossary, suggested discussion questions, and a bibliography are included.
The British Museum
It may be a bit far to take your class on a field trip, but the British Museum's Web site has a dizzying array of lesson plans and resources on its Web site for educators and schools, organized by subjects, which include:
Middle East and Islamic World
Christopher S. Rose
Outreach Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Doctoral Student, Department of History
The University of Texas at Austin
West Mall Building 6th Floor | 1 University Station F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-0527 | +1 (512) 471-3582 | +1 (512) 471-7834 fax
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