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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