Fifth grade artists are wrapping up their study of the Middle Eastern culture this week. They looked at buildings found in the Middle Eastern culture and duplicated the towers, domes, and decorative tiles in their own architectural drawings. They created beautiful miniature drawings using ultra fine markers, colored pencils, and crayon.
The final step was tricky, and the results – beautiful! My students created a “doorway” from a clay slab to frame their drawings. Their clay pieces included arabesques and geometric patterns that are used as decorative elements in Middle Eastern architecture. The clay pieces were painted with watercolors and given a coat of Modge Podge for a bit of shine.