This unit was assigned June 1.
Before we begin: I am learning about Pakistan along with my students. If information seems incorrect, or not quite right, please do not hesitate to contact me to make corrections or provide context!
Last week we made art inspired by our community. In this unit we will learn about another culture and make art inspired by another country and its people. Pakistan means “Land of the Pure” in the national language, Urdu. Islamabad is the capital city, surrounded by the Margalla Hills.
The building in the picture above is a mosque, a place of worship for followers of the Muslim religion (Islam). Below is the flag of Pakistan. The green color represents Islam and the white stripe represents other religions. The crescent moon is a symbol of progress and the star represents light.
The Shalwar Kameez is the national dress of Pakistan and is traditionally worn by both men and women. For my students, you will see a lot of your teachers wearing this dress as they teach you this week (I am wearing mine in the read aloud videos for this week). Some of these dresses are works of art with beautiful embroidery and details sewn by hand!
Just like in the United States, Pakistan is full of art history and artists who are living and working today! The painting below was done in the early 1600s and was an illustration in a book. Much of the art of Pakistan was done in mini versions for books with LOTS of tiny detail.
Artist Naiza H. Khan is from Pakistan and she makes art that celebrates the history of her country in a new way! Artists that live in Pakistan today are still inspired by the history of their country but also by their families, homes, surrounding towns, plants, books, movies and animals. Just like you!
How can you make art inspired by Pakistan?
Pick at least one of the activities below to complete in the next two weeks: