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Arabesque Metal Tile

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will explore symmetrical and organic patterns by creating an arabesque-inspired design on a metal tile. They will attach the metal tile to paper and continue the pattern using analogous colors of markers or pencils.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will learn about Middle Eastern architecture and the arabesque design.

Students will identify the difference between organic and geometric patterns and shapes.

Students will plan and create their own symmetrical arabesque.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Introduce Middle Eastern architecture and the design known as an Arabesque.
  • Compare and contrast organic and geometric shapes/patterns.
  • Explain symmetry in art and how to create it.
  • Introduce analogous colors.

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National Standards


Create

Document early stages of the creative process visually and/or verbally in traditional or new media.

VA:Cr1.1.8a

Demonstrate openness in trying new ideas, materials, methods, and approaches in making works of art and design.

VA:Cr2.1.6a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

1 hour

Demonstration Time

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

3 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • 6” x 6” white drawing paper
  • Roll of aluminum metal tooling foil (36 gauge), cut into 6 x 6-inch squares
  • Tape
  • Magazines
  • Pencil
  • 12” x 12” white tagboard/cardstock
  • Markers or colored pencils

National Standards


Create

Document early stages of the creative process visually and/or verbally in traditional or new media.

VA:Cr1.1.8a

Demonstrate openness in trying new ideas, materials, methods, and approaches in making works of art and design.

VA:Cr2.1.6a

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Steps

Plan & Draw Design

Plan and draw a symmetrical design on a 6” x 6” piece of paper, after viewing images of Arabesque designs.

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Genre Painting

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