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Allure of the Near East Treasures from the Huntington Museum of Art’s Touma Collection E D U C AT O R G U I D E This Educators Guide was designed for use in conjunction with field trips to the Allure of the Near East exhibition, or for use as a stand‐alone classroom resource. The materials included here contain curriculum connections aligned with Common Core and Georgia Professional Standards for 7th-9th grade Visual Arts, Language Arts, Social Studies and Math, but are adaptable for use at other grade levels. Dish. Turkey, Iznik, Ottoman Empire c. 16001625. Underglaze-painted fritware. Huntington Museum of Art. Prayer carpet. Western Iran, Kurdish, 19th c. Wool and cotton. Huntington Museum of Art. With Allure of the Near East, Telfair Museums brings together centuriesold works of art from the Near East that showcase exquisite craftsmanship and incredible beauty. Art produced in these regions, largely Islamic-ruled dynasties, were predominantly decorative. In other words, art objects were also everyday objects – ceramics, metalware, glass vessels, and textiles, for instance. These items and their decoration speak volumes about the people who used and created them. These pieces also demonstrate the cross-cultural connections of their time; each of them came from regions along busy trade routes, including the Silk Road, resulting in visual imagery influenced by places as far as Spain or China. The art of these civilizations is both beautiful and didactic, serving as a lens through which to discuss elements of art, historical movements, and principles of mathematics. AUG. 16, 2013 — JAN. 5, 2014

Allure of the Near East - Educator Guide

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