Armand Point and Islamic Architecture

Teachers' notes

This is a Yorkshire World Collections object, one of 100 chosen by young people aged 16-24, as part of the London Cultural Olympiad programme Stories of the World.

This painting called An Arab Weaver was painted in Algeria by Armand Point in 1886. It shows a scene in Algeria, North Africa, possibly of a family group working and relaxing in a domestic courtyard. The painting has an elaborately carved calligraphic frame. It is a good painting to focus on to explore how houses are designed to cope with hot climates, and find out more about Islamic architecture.

There is a separate page of ideas for Art & Design and Creative Writing activities based on these resources, and a glossary of useful words to use when looking at Islamic architecture (also available to download - see link below). Some suggestions are provided for looking at local Yorkshire examples of buildings influenced by Islamic design.

Curriculum Links:

KS3 Art and Design -

Unit 7B What's in a building? Exploring and developing ideas

Unit 10 Visiting a museum/gallery or site


Learning objective:

Students should learn to discuss and question critically, and select from a range of visual and other information to help them develop ideas for independent work.

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  • Posted by sohaib on 16/04/2012

    Hi!, just to point out that this kind of courtyeard is typical of Algiers and some other towns of Algeria. It is locally named "Wast e'dar"...the center, or the heart of the house.

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