Mughal Arts PDF


Mughal Arts is a unit about the miniature paintings and architecture of the Mughal period in India. It is a hands-on unit where kids create while they learn. It is a hands-on art history course for all ages from 6 to 18.


Mughal Arts is the fourth unit in the Colonial Period Arts course. This unit explores the miniature paintings, illustrations, and architecture of the Mughal period in India.

This unit contains sections on:

  • Visual Arts
  • Mughal Architecture

Layers of Learning is an activity-based program. The mentor chooses from among the activities in the unit to create mental hooks for learning. Some of the activities in this unit include:

  • Make a foldable of the features of Mughal Arts
  • Practice drawing realistic animals
  • Make a Mughal style profile painting
  • Illustrate pages of you favorite book
  • Take an Art Tour of a Mughal miniature of Alexander Is Lowered Into the Sea
  • Design a formal Mughal style garden
  • Make a paper model of the Taj Mahal
  • Plus much more!

Each Layers of Learning Arts unit includes library lists of books, a family read-aloud suggestion, hands-on activities, printables and paper crafts, sidebars for extra learning, and tools to help you assess student’s progress and mastery. You can learn more about how Layers of Learning works in the Curriculum Guide or learn to teach art with the Arts Guidebook for mentors.

See Inside

Here is the inside view of a double page spread from Mughal Arts: Mughal Arts Spread The curriculum is pick-and-choose, so you select which Explorations you would like to do out of the many choices.


This unit was written to be used for a month but contains plenty of content for many more weeks of learning if you choose. This is a pick-and-choose curriculum, meant to be cycled back to in the future when your child is older. As such, it intentionally includes far more material than you can possibly cover in a month. Mughal Arts is also part of the overall Colonial Period Arts course, the third Year of the four year Layers of Learning Arts cycle. If you use the program in order, it will take you though the art in chronological order, tracking with the Layers of Learning History units. However, each unit stands alone and can be used independently of any other unit.

Printable Pack

This unit comes with a downloadable Printable Pack that includes all the student worksheets. The printables can be copied as many times as needed for your family or class. You can download the Printable Pack from your receipt or from your account at Layers of Learning. Mughal Arts Printable Pack  

Extra Resources

This unit comes with extra weblinks and a YouTube video playlist on the Colonial Period Arts Resources page.


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Cycle Year

Year Three

Product Type

Single Units




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