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This Indo-Islamic art unit introduces students to Mughal miniature painting

Subject:

Art  

Grades:

2, 3, 4, 5  

Title – Mughal Miniature Painting
By – Rukhe Neelofer Zaidi
Primary Subject – Art
Grade Level – 2-5

Note:

      When I designed this unit, some people were confused about its objective. They thought I expect Grade 2-3 students to learn the technique of Mughal miniature painting. I want to clarify here that the purpose of this unit is to

introduce

    the students to Mughal miniature painting and not to paint in that style or technique.

Information for Teachers:

      Mughal Miniature Painting is Indo-Islamic miniature painting of court life or the natural world, produced in northern India in the workshops of the Mughal emperors Akbar, Jahangir, and Shah Jahan (16th-17th centuries). Persian Safavid artists introduced the traditions of miniature painting from Persian art, but the workshops then developed its own unique style, combining Persian and European techniques as well as Hindu and Islamic traditions. Exquisite and meticulously detailed miniatures were painted with great realism in glowing, jewel-like colours. Many paintings were worked on by more than one artist, perhaps one doing the outline, while the other coloured.