Moroccan Mosaic

Presented by

Sharifa El Azizi

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Zellige Arabic: الزليج‎; is mosaic tile work made from individually chiseled geometric tiles set into a plaster base. This form of Islamic art is one of the main characteristics of Moroccan architecture. It consists of geometrically patterned mosaics, used to ornament walls, ceilings, fountains, floors, pools, and tables.

The Moroccan traditional patterns and styles are found inside famous buildings such as Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque in Fez, the Alhamra inGranada, Spain, the Great Mosque of Qurdoba, the Ben Youssef Madrasa in Marrakech, and the Hassan ll Mosque in Casablanca, which adds a new color pallet with traditional designs.

This workshop explores some of the history and traditions of the mosaic designs.  Participants will:

  • Learn about the Islamic art
  • Explore the different designs
  • Explore the ways that people can decorate.

Activities:

  • Cut and glue shapes to make your own design.
  • Use your imagination to choose colors.
Workshop Details

Region/Culture

Morocco

Subject(s)

Art, Architecture

Participants

25

Standard Length

45

Room Setup

Classroom with desks or work tables

Supplies/Equipment Needed:

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