Les arabesques Islamiques cm2/6
Inspired by Islamic arabesques seen in the animation movie "Azur and Azmar" classes of CM2/6e discovered the simple geometry behind the elaborated and beautiful patterns. We learned how to draw seven or five overlapping circles using a compass. We experimented finding geometric shapes within the overlapping circles. We used different grids to sketch out arabesque patterns (diagonal grid, seven or five overlapping circles grids). We discussed the meaning of these repetitive patterns in Islamic world and why the depiction of living beings is strongly discouraged in Islam religion. We also talked about the technique of Zellige: terra cotta tilework covered with enamel in the form of chips set into plaster.