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Educational Programs for Middle and High Schools
A visit to the museum includes a tour and a workshop on one of the following subjects (adapted to each age group):
1. Art, artists and craftspeople: Ancient art; learning about different artistic techniques then and now; painting vessels; glass-blowing; decorated, glazed ceramics; jewelry and metal; rugs. Workshop: making pottery or a collage, inspired by museum exhibits.
2. The art of writing in Islam: The development of writing; types of script; the importance and uses of calligraphy; comparison between past and present. Writing as a medium of communication, as a tool for documenting events, as a component of identity, and as an artistic or decorative element on buildings, vessels and jewelry. The Arabic script. Types of text: classic Arabic poetry (المعلقات), the Qur’an, hadiths. Workshop: calligraphy.
3. Religious art: Art on religious structures: historical and contemporary mosques, Zawiyas (Islamic religious schools and monasteries), caves. Decorative styles: calligraphy, arabesques. Interior decoration of mosques: the structure, carpets, lamps, incense burners. Workshop: architecture, decorations in clay or on rugs.
4. Music and sounds in Islam: The call to prayer, reading the Qur’an, instrumental music in Islam, the art of poetry. Workshop: making bamboo flutes or decorating flutes.
5. Science in Islam: The influence of Islam on the development of science, Islamic innovations in the world of science, the importance of science in Islam.
Our creative workshops:
Calligraphy: Try your hand at a decorative script.
Architecture: Build 3-dimensional models of different styles of mosques, based on pictures displayed in the museum.
Paper-folding: Inspired by designs in Islamic art.
Clay and ceramics: Work with clay or paint pottery in the style of ceramics in the museum collection.
The garden in Islam: The garden as a microcosm of the world in Iranian culture, and in Muslim culture in general. Each student makes his or her own garden with the materials provided.
Watches and clocks: Make clocks in the form of arabesques and flowers.
General information: The visit to the museum lasts two hours, one hour for the tour and one for the workshop. The program is adapted to each age group. A group requires a minimum of 25 participants.
Democratic and Liberal Values: High-schoolers in Jerusalem
A collaborative program of the Museum for Islamic Art, the Van Leer Institute and the Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace
The project consists of integrated meetings at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem and at the Museum for Islamic Art. Every meeting begins at Van Leer with a talk by one of the Institute’s leading scholars on a topic that relates to democracy and equality in Israel: the basic principles of a democratic society; the rules of the game in a democracy; equality and inequality in Israel; the sustainability of democratic principles; and more.
The program continues at the nearby Museum for Islamic Art with workshops on the subject of equality and discrimination, led by the museum’s counselors and representatives of the Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace. The students divide into small groups for a discussion of subjects raised in the earlier talk, including real-life examples to illustrate the importance of democratic values in Israeli society: in the school, in public spaces, in official institutions, and in legislation.
Information: The meeting (maximum 200 participants) lasts for about five hours, between 08:00 and 14:00, on Sundays only. Participation is free.
A program for schools in which Arabic is studied: We propose a visit to the Museum for Islamic Art, combining an Arabic-learning experience with an interactive tour, adapted to the level of Arabic of the students (beginners or advanced). The goal is to expose the students to the Arabic language through the museum’s exhibits.
The two-hour program is divided into the tour (75 mins.) and a hands-on workshop (45 mins.).
The tour includes:
1. Hearing. The students listen to a short story, and are then given an assignment in the gallery through which they encounter various exhibits that are connected to Islamic culture. (The activity is also helpful in expanding their Arabic vocabulary.)
2. Writing / familiarity with Arabic letters. The students fill out a crossword or some other word puzzle that includes details relating to the museum exhibits. In the short tour that follows, they are shown the relevant objects.
3. Educational activity / grammar. Learning tenses (past, present, future), or finding the root of a word, or an unusual word (according to the students’ level).
4. Speech / writing. The students will be given the lyrics of a song and asked, as a group, to translate it and sing the song (according to the students’ level).
There is an option of expanding or shortening the program, according to the needs of the group.
Jerusalem, a City of Three Faiths: a Program
The goal of the program is to introduce the students to the sanctity of Jerusalem for the three monotheistic faiths, and its expression in architecture and art. In addition to the tour of the museum, with particular attention to the Muslim holy sites (al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock), the students view an audio-visual presentation about the sacred history of Jerusalem and its holy places. The presentation relates as well to the architectural similarities and mutual influences of design and construction among the holy places of Jews, Christians and Muslims alike.
Tours of both the museum and a mosque: The program gives the students an understanding of the architecture of the mosque, and how it is connected to the Muslim faith. In addition to the tour of the museum, the group will visit a mosque in the village of Abu Ghosh (outside Jerusalem) and meet with the Imam. The museum tour gives the students the historical and artistic context of the Muslim world, while the visit to the mosque offers a special opportunity to see its principles in reality – What does a Muslim house of prayer look like inside? What are its distinctive features? How does the mosque reflect religious ideas? And how do Muslims express their faith in their house of prayer? The program is designed to give the students knowledge about a subject to which most Jewish students are not exposed.
Details and queries:
Education Dept., the Museum for Islamic Art
Tel.: 02-535-8716/8 for Khadeeja, Jenia, or Ruth
Email: Khadeeja@iam.org.il and firstname.lastname@example.org