Armand Point and Islamic Architecture

Activity Ideas

Make a free-standing card and paper sculpture based on your knowledge of the Arab Weaver's courtyard house.

This activity is adapted for:
Art and Design KS3 Unit 7B What's in a building?

  • Look closely at An Arab Weaver and make sketches to explore how the parts of the house fit together. Look at the way the sunlight falls across the picture. What does this tell you about the shape and height of the house? How would you enter rooms in the house? What are the doorways and windows like?
  • Draw a simple floor plan to show how the courtyard sits at the centre of the house.
  • Cut out the main shapes in card.
  • Assemble these pieces into a free-standing three dimensional form. Use different ways of linking, joining, cutting and intersecting the shapes.
  • Use and apply card, paper and/or papier mache to build forms or create surfaces. Consider treating the surfaces of the sculpture, eg spraying, sponging or stippling.

Take a different perspective: drawing activity

Use your research into the design of traditional courtyard houses to make drawings of the Arab Weaver's house from different, imagined viewpoints.
  • Imagine the scene from a new angle: perhaps you are in the centre of the courtyard looking up at the sky
  • or on the first floor looking down through the screen
  • or you are in one of the dark, inner rooms looking out into the courtyard. Use any clues you can find in the painting to suggest what you would be able to see.

Use your senses: creative writing activity

  • Write a poem or short story describing your sensory impressions of the Arab Weaver's house. Focus on sensations of smell, sound, taste, touch, temperature, as well as the visual elements found in the painting.

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