November 4, 2007

Art Education Lesson Plans

Art Education students at UMD developed art lessons to integrate the Tulip and Arabesque curriculum into projects with elementary and middle school classes.


Downloadable PDFs of lesson examples:

Magic Carpet Lesson Plan
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Ceramic Tile Lesson Plan
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Printmaking + Calligraphy Lesson Plan
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Art of Turkey Lesson Plan
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View Art Ed students working with children in the schools in the Tulip & Arabesque Online Exhibit:

April 19, 2007


Tulip and Arabesque is an international collaboration that was initiated by:

Alison Aune, Associate Professor of Art Education at the University of Minnesota Duluth
Joellyn Rock, Assistant Professor of Art + Design at the University of Minnesota Duluth

This collaboration has included:
Art Education and Digital Design students and faculty from the University of Minnesota Duluth
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program grantees, Natalie Patrick and Amber Szerpicki
Elementary and Middle School age children from Duluth Minnesota

Graphic Design students and faculty from Başkent University, Ankara, Turkey

Special Thanks to our Turkish colleagues, professors Halime Fişenk and Murat Devrim Atilgan, and Dean Dr. Filiz Yenişehirlioğlu of Başkent University, Ankara, Turkey.

This project was made possible with support from:
The Turkish American Alliance of the School of Fine Arts (SFA), University of Minnesota Duluth, Dean Jack Bowman and Julia Gillett, grant writer; SFA funding of two faculty Small Chancellor’s Grants and an American-Turkish Alliance Exchange Research Grant; SFA Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program grants to art and design students Natalie Patrick and Amber Szerpicki; Funding from The Office of International Programs (OIP) Interdisciplinary International Institutional Partnership Grants; The Department of Art + Design Head Virginia Jenkins; Professor Ron Marchese, Sociology and Anthropology, University of Minnesota Duluth and with donations from UMD Stores Art Supplies.

UMD Art Ed and Kids In-process Art

The aim of integrating this project into a university elementary methods course in art education was to develop visually sensitive and culturally engaged future art teachers through meaningful art experiences in the college classroom and in the community. This approach to teacher training expanded the students’ knowledge about multicultural art through innovative inquiry, critical reflection, artistic creativity and meaningful learning in a living art education curriculum.


In this pedagogical model, the college students are active participants in the creation, and dissemination of The Patterns for Peace: Tulip and Arabesque curriculum. Students are required to create original lesson plans and studio projects to share with children in a three- time class visit. Using a variety of instructional methods such as the Discovery, Directive, and Socratic methodologies, students guided children through the art lessons at their small tables that became mini-classrooms. In this way, students were able to apply, and test out, the learning theories and educational strategies that they are studying. The community outreach offered an alternative setting for supervised pre-service fieldwork. Here, the student began the transition from student to teacher in a favorable environment that encouraged intergenerational teaching and learning. For many students, especially the non-art majors, the challenge of motivating and promoting meaningful aesthetic experiences was enriched through the working with the children. They were learners together.

About the Tulip & Arabesque motifs

from notes by Alison Aune:

The traditional Turkish motifs of the Tulip and Arabesque have had multiple meanings throughout history. For this project, we traced the Tulip, where it was a heraldic motif used throughout the Ottoman Empire, and we followed the Islamic arabesque with its interlacing and continuous vines found in ceramic tiles and carpets. Inspired by these original sources, we created artworks as a way to understand, and celebrate, these ancient patterns of peace.

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