Other Cultures Projects 2013/2014
See also Islamic Medieval Art (2) and More Images (3) below
These images are a quick selection for our next project starting mid November 2013. They are from a variety of sources such as the V&A Museum, London., The Muslim Times Online, and Wikipedia. I will add more soon and some contextual background information. Meanwhile use any of these for your patterns or have a search for similar ones online or in your local public library. You will also need some gold paint from a craft shop e.g. Details in Newcastle. This will add a bit of excitement to your paintings!!
Islamic Medieval Art (2)
These links will help you find more images that you might use and information to answer the three questions set on the home page of our blog.
Click the photo to go to the BBC website for information on medieval Islamic art and how it symbolised the spiritual world:
Click on tis photo to go to the BBC website for information on geometry and meaning in medieval Islamic art:
Click this image to go to the BBC News story on recent discoveries around maths and art in Medieval Islamic art:
Click on this image to find more fascinating and succinct information on Islamic culture and beliefs from the BBC's rich archives:
And more images from Islamic art
Equality and Diversity in Gateshead - QUIZ
Try our quiz below and bring your answers in to class to see how you got on! Click the image to enlarge it.
Most of us enjoy a visit to the local art gallery. Usually we go to a publicly owned gallery/museum. For a few years now we have enjoyed mostly free access to public galleries and museums. It has not always been like this. How long has the general public, regardless of personal finances been able to see priceless art from across the globe and for free? Here is a short - and interesting! - history: The First Public Art Galleries (source: The National Gallery)
We have been accustomed to thinking of art for the masses as a cultural norm where anyone regardless of means can come face-to-face with art of the highest calibre and be amongst the most expensive objects on the planet.
Public art galleries and museums are a relatively recent invention, about 200 years old. Prior to that art - viewing it or doing it - was very much for the privileged few. Even when William Hogarth (1697-1764) decided to print his famous moralising series of paintings to make them more widely available, for example the "Marriage a la Mode" with its commentary on arranged marriages in the 18th century, this was still only really accessible to the educated and 'comfortable' in society. Hogarth of course also realised that the new printing possibilities were a very good way to make money. Even church art, where much of what we think of today as high art is still on show, is not accessible to all because of rising entrance fees to the most famous, and not so famous, buildings.
It makes you stop and think about how fortunate we are to live in the 20th/21st century. It makes you think how much we take for granted, even if you do not consider art as being high up your list of interests. How long will this "free access" last in current economic hard times and if it ends suddenly what are the consequences for art and for people who want to see it but cannot really afford to pay entrance fees? Will the great majority be consigned to experiencing art from a distance, over the internet? Will art go back to being for the richer, not the poorer?
Colour: wealth, status, exclusivity. The colourful story of the "have's and have not's" - BLUE
Visit this page to find out more about the amazing story behind one of our PRIMARY colours: