Teacher: Monica Cerkez
School: St Mary’s County Public Schools
Appropriate Grades: 9-12 Special Ed
Duration: 8 days* 45 min., daily
Abstract: The free trade of luxury goods between the Islamic sphere of influence and Christian Europe during the Medieval and Renaissance period led to a transfer and fusions of ideas and styles. This fusion is particularly visible in the Arts. In this unit students will track the transmission of ideas by studying ceramics and pattern styles and technology as they moved from China through the Middle East and into Europe. The Unit includes an investigation of Islamic Culture, Majolica Ceramic Production, the Principle of Design: Pattern and the full writing process. While this lesson is intend for Fine Arts, it has potential application for Social Studies (History, Geography) and Language Arts.