I really wanted to share this idea with you because this is not only a great lesson for any grade level, the result is stunning! We had an Arabic calligrapher come and visit the grade 6 and 7 students. He showed the students the different ways they could write their names using calligraphy. The kids all practiced writing their names and the following art lesson they were ready to work on their blank segment which would later transform into a radial design.
The steps were simple: Divide up your segment into three parts. The top section for your name in English, a bigger section in the middle for your name in Arabic using one of the styles taught by the calligrapher and the bottom section for a geometric design.
Each section was colored in brightly using pencils, crayons and markers. Once the sections were finished, they were color copied eight times.
Finally, each student arranged all of their segments and were blown away when they were all put together! If you have ever played with a kaleidoscope and loved the way new designs were made with each turn, this was the same feeling. Each tab was glued and then the finished artwork was glued onto a piece of colored tag board that would help bring out the colors.
Don’t you think these look so beautiful?