Illuminating Islamic Stained Glass

by Amy Bultena in Classroom

Published on March 21, 2018

Tags : Art, Design, Engineering, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will discover, explore and create sacred geometry using digital media.

Students will discover, explore, and create original art inspired by sacred geometry and Islamic art.

Students will synthesize understandings of sacred geometry and Islamic art by creating an illuminated lightbox using Chibitronic stickers.

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Materials

-Chibitronics or 3mm LED
-Copper tape
-3 volt button battery
-Electrical tape
-Clear paper protector
-Permanent markers
-Computer
-Printer paper
-Clear packing tape
-Scissors
-Cardboard box

Nice to haves:
-Black acrylic paint
-Metallic permanent markers

Tools

Scissors

Chibitronics Products

Copper Tape
White LED stickers pack

Circuit template

https://chibitronics.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Chibitronics-LP-Iluminating-Islamic-Stained-Glass.pdf
Grades
After School, High School, Makerspace, Middle School
Estimated Time
120 mins
Lesson Objective

Students will discover, explore and create sacred geometry using digital media.

Students will discover, explore, and create original art inspired by sacred geometry and Islamic art.

Students will synthesize understandings of sacred geometry and Islamic art by creating an illuminated lightbox using Chibitronic stickers.

Standards

National Core Arts Standards
-Creating: 1, 2, 3,
-Presenting: 5
-Responding: 7, 8
-Connecting: 11
CA Social Studies Standards
-7.2, 7.4, 7.6, 7.9,
10.1, 10.6, 10.10,
11.10
Next Generation Science Stan.
-MS-ETS1.1, MS
ETS1.2, HS-PS3.3,
HS-ETS1.1

Additional Resources
https://chibitronics.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Islamic-Stained-Glass-Parallel-Circuit-Lampbox.pdf

Instructions

1 – Introduce students to key elements of Islamic art emphasizing sacred geometry and stained glass. Mosque Nasir Al-Mulk in Shiraz, Iran is an excellent exemplar. Presentation available here: https://goo.gl/dYSVhj

2 – Examine variations of sacred geometry & mandalas in world religions; compare and contrast with Islamic examples.

 

3 – Digitally design (and print) an Islamic art-inspired sacred geometry mandala using the application, Mandala Maker: http://mandalamaker.online/

 

4 – Place printed mandala into a clear paper protector, trace, and color using permanent markers. Once finished coloring, remove print-out and cut the paper protector so that there is no longer a pocket. Tip: Apply all color before using black to protect artwork from getting muddied with black ink.

 

5 – Remove lid (if any) from box and color or paint it black. If desired, create an Islamic-art inspired geometric pattern on the box using metallic permanent markers.

 

6 – Push four holes into the back of the box using scissors. Apply copper tape, Chibitronic stickers or 3mm LED, and 3-volt button battery per the template directions. Test to ensure the parallel circuit works.

 

7 – Arrange and apply colored mandala to the front of the box using clear packing tape.

 

8 – Test, revise, and display completed Islamic-art inspired illuminated lightbox.

 

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