Islamic Art PDF


Islamic Art is a month-long unit in the Layers of Learning Middle Ages Arts course. It includes the calligraphy, geometric patterns, floral patterns, and figural art that was created in the Middle East and North Africa during the Middle Ages and Colonial Period. This unit is meant to be used with ages 6 to 18.


Islamic Art is the second unit in the Middle Ages Arts course. In this course students will learn about the four types of art created in Islamic countries during the Middle Ages including calligraphy, nature patterns, geometric patterns, and figural art.

This unit contains sections on:

  • Characteristics of Islamic Art
  • Art Forms
  • 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:

  • Calligraphy practice and the creation of your own tughra, or royal signature
  • Designing a geometric pattern on a plate
  • Embossing a fancy letter with gold
  • Designing a tile with a stencil
  • Painting a figure in Persian Islamic style on canvas
  • Designing a prayer rug
  • Making a mini book and sketches of Islamic arch styles
  • And 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 an inside view of a double page spread from Early Medieval Art:

Inside view of Islamic Art book

The center is where you will find the lessons plans to choose from. The sidebars are for extra information, discussion questions, Writer’s Workshop ideas, memory work, famous people, and so on. The mentor chooses activities and information to create a custom curriculum for your family or class.


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.

Islamic Art is also part of the overall Middle Ages Arts course, the second 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.

Islamic Art Printable Pack sample view

Extra Resources

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


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