Muslim Inventions & Masterminds

In this class, students discover the contributions of Muslims to global civilization through visual presentation and STEAM activities.  In semester one (8 weeks), students learn about the scientific method as developed in the Golden Age, as well as engineering, social, and educational developments. Learners also discover fun advancements in games and trick devices. In semester…

Paradise Gardens

In this workshop, young artists will learn about the role of the paradise garden in Islamic civilization and culture. A garden is a representation of the archetype of a heavenly experience that joins fragrance, beauty, refreshment and relaxation. After feasting on visuals with stunning examples throughout history, from Spain and other regions, students will undertake…

The Beautiful Names of Allah Art Study

In this course, we will explore the most sacred of topics: The Names of Allah Most High. After a presentation of explanation, students will be prompted to reflect and discuss how we see the manifestation of a particular name in the world around us and within us. Following this, we will do an art study…

The Journey of the Soul

In this five week series we cover the entire book by Imam Abdullah ibn Alawi al-Haddad entitled The Lives of Man through visual presentations and read-alouds, followed by art journaling.  Students love the graphics they receive weekly to glue into their art journal and the teacher-led drawings and doodles that are united with the week’s…

Blessed Blooms: Flowers and Traditional Turkish Art

Did you know that for a short time, between 1718-1730 the Ottoman Empire had a period of time called the Tulip Era? In this class, students will learn about the significance and inspirations of roses and tulips in the Ottoman Empire. After seeing examples of the flowers in various art mediums, kids will get to…

The Universe Beyond: Outer Space Studies

The night sky has always inspired and mesmerized the human soul. In this five week course, students learn about aspects of our galaxy, the Milky Way: Our sun, our planets, stars, as well as our space travel and discovery! Each class includes a visual presentation, art, craft, game, or model making. This course includes polls,…

Geometric Embroidery

After the conversion of the Berbers to Islam, Morocco was greatly influenced by Islamic geometric motifs and architecture. Young artists will learn about the history of geometric patterns and embroidery and learn how to transfer a traditional Moroccan pattern onto burlap. After learning a basic running stitch (or back-stitch for older kids), students will stitch…

Awesome Sacred Arches

Budding artists will learn about the mystical and symbolic meanings of arches and their functionality. Through examining some of the greatest examples of arches in sacred spaces throughout history and from various regions children will gain an appreciation of how different cultures interacted and influenced each other. Students will transfer great arches templates or sketch…

African Fabric Printing

In this workshop students will learn all about the West African bògòlanfini (mud cloth). Through visual aids and storytelling, we will explore its fascinating history and cultural significance, as well as traditional methods of production. Then the children will produce their own mud cloth designs on paper, creating personal handmade stamps to replicate their design…

Radiant Radials

Inside the repeating patterns of geometry are sacred meanings, order and wonderment. Young artists will learn about and see displays of the sacred geometry of the universe, how those patterns repeat in nature and have been reflected in art since the earliest ages.  They will make their repeating patterns using traditional Turkish art methods that…

Intuitive Art

The most sacred of all spaces is the place of intuition within the human soul. Long ago, our ancestors expressed their intuitive sparks of creativity using the natural world around them, both as a canvas and as a source of inspiration. In this workshop, students will explore their own intuitive artistic expressions through various mediums,…