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Educational Programs for Elementary Schools
Tours and Workshops
The 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, the Qur’an, hadiths. Workshop: calligraphy.
3. Religious art: Art on religious structures: historical and contemporary mosques, Zawiyas (Islamic religious school or monastery), 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 child 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 for each age group. A group requires a minimum of 25 participants.
The “Ya Salam” Project
The “Ya Salam” program was developed for the teaching of spoken Arabic in Israeli elementary schools. The encounter of Arabic-speaking teachers with young pupils produces a learning experience that increases motivation to learn Arabic, reduces preconceptions, and promotes the value of accepting ‘the other.’
We propose a visit to the Museum for Islamic Art as part of the school program. It offers an exploration of the galleries, with an emphasis on the language, customs and ceremonies in the cultures of the Middle East, and a workshop that includes hands-on creativity, games, demonstrations and gallery activities.
The gallery tour focuses on selected displays:
(1) Lifestyle and building a family; housekeeping, including cleaning and the use of pleasant scents in the home (fragrances and incense)
(2) Vessels and their decorations
(3) Writing and language: the similarities between the related languages of Arabic and Hebrew
(4) The wedding: jewelry, dowry, dress, music, food, beliefs
Choose your workshop:
(1) In the hands-on workshop, the children either make mirrors in the spirit of Islamic art, or work with clay.
(2) The cooking workshop includes a game with recipes in Hebrew and Arabic, and baking pita bread.
Information: The visit lasts 2.5 hours, divided equally between exploring the museum and the workshop.
Details and queries:
Education Dept., the Museum for Islamic Art
Tel.: 02-535-8716 for Khadeeja or Ruth
Email: Khadeeja@iam.org.il and firstname.lastname@example.org