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Holiday Art and Multiculturalism - Moorish Art - new idea

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PicasoLovr (PicasoLovr)
Mon, 6 Apr 1998 21:10:35 EDT


Dear Deb,

Trying to find a conclusion to a triangle puzzle design contest for fifth
grade, I came across the history of Moorish Art in Spain. They came from
Mecca, Saudi Arabia to enlighten the world on the teachings of Muhammed, the
religious prophet of Islam. The Moorish Art admonishes any drawings of animal
or human figures, therefore leaf and plant forms, and geometry abound in their
art of palaces and places of worship in Spain. I'm currently teaching how to
draw geometric squares within a circle as part of our holiday activities. The
tile ceramatist of Spain did a great deal to expand on simple lines and
circles.
The Moors successfully invaded Spain in the year 711 from Africa by way of
Gibraltar. The Moors were banished from Spain in 1492. Thus Christianity took
a strong hold in Spain. Also, it is the same year that King Ferdinand and
Isabella gave funds for Christopher Columbus to sail to America. So much for
social studies.