National Curriculum Subject Area/s: Art and Design, geography, maths, cross-curricular projects
Length of session: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Max group size:  32 pupils, Booking essential


  • Understanding more about the different kinds of materials used by artists and craftsmen.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the elements of Islamic art and design.
  • Understanding that in Islamic Art all art forms have equal status.
  • Better understanding about possible applications for pupils’ own designs.


Activity 1: Setting the context

Pupils will use a large map to find out where in the world Islamic art can be found.


Activity 2: Learning to look
Pupils will take part in a range of activities to become more familiar with Islamic art. Through the use of jigsaws, I spy games, gallery hunts and object handling they will discover more about the materials, techniques and elements of design used by artists and designers.

Activity 3: Tesselation activities
Tesselation challenges will demonstrate how geometry underpins tesselating pattern.

Activity 4: Creating you own design.

  • The children will use the objects in the gallery to inspire their own designs on paper.
  • Once the designs are complete children will take photos of their designs transforming them into repeating tesselating


Contact for Early Years, Key Stage 1 & 2 programmes:
Clare Coleman, Education Officer: Early Years to Key Stage 2
T: 01865 288077 E: