Thursday, October 31, 2013

Zoomorphic Calligraphy--Art and Culture

Using lovely, sinuous lettering you and your little ones can create animal artwork. Using the Farsi word for the animal, Parastou Forouhar's Persian for Kids introduces zoomorphic calligraphy with ease. Drawing animals using Arabic letters has been done since the 15th century.

Email your friends the finished artwork and a link to an animation of your creation.
 See my Farsi horse animated!

I discovered this 17th century Isalmic tile in a dusty drawer at the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY in 2010 along on an art-and-scenery roadtrip that ended in Canada.

As an educator or parent embedding knowledge and appreciation of other cultures can be intimidating. Model for your kids by expressing your own curiosity, "Where do people speak Farsi/Persian today? What other types of artwork come from Persian cultures? Do other cultures make artwork using letters or characters?" And, enjoy wonderful multicultural art games such as Persian for Kids.

Stay tuned for a project inspired by zoomorphic calligraphy.
Mark my words!