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PSTA Degree Show 2015

The annual MA and PhD degree show at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in Hoxton is in the last few days of it’s opening and this year the work produced by students is quite different. So if you thought you’d seen it all before, don’t be mistaken and try and pop-in (although with the current tube strike this might be easier said than done).

The most striking piece that meets you as soon as you enter is the super large fresco painted directly onto the front facing gallery wall. Looking around it is almost as if you’ve stepped into a Christian art gallery. Unlike previous years there is a lot more of the icon based artwork on display, filling almost half the gallery. These works have been produced by the research students who completed PhDs and specialise in icon painting of Byzantine style.

Further into the gallery You have the usual sectioned display of works produced by each graduate illustrating the development of their work through their practical and theoretical studies.

Images below are just a small selection of the work on display:

The degree show is running from 10:00am to 8:00pm Monday to Friday, and closes at 1:00 pm on 10th July.

Read more about the graduating students here: http://www.psta.org.uk/news/87/

Learn more about the Princes School of Traditional Arts here: http://www.psta.org.uk/about/

Islamic art – Interactive learning for adults and children

For an in-depth view of the history and aesthetics of Islamic art alongside thousands of examples of artworks visit the Discover Islamic art website: http://www.discoverislamicart.org/

Areas of the subject are split by smaller topics based on time periods, dynasties and decorative styles. You can also search through the databases and collections from various museums around the world

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Discover Islamic Art website: http://www.discoverislamicart.org/ by Museum With No Frontiers (MWF)

Something that might appeal to a younger audience is the selection of interactive games that have also been produced as part of ‘Learn with MWF': http://www.discoverislamicart.org/learn/index.html

Learn with MWF

Learn with MWF: http://www.discoverislamicart.org/learn/index.html

The overall design of the page and elements does not shout ‘children’s fun learning’ (my experience in web design and usability kicking in here) but it has the potential to be an effective and engaging learning tool. The above game ‘Where Would You Put Me?’ encourages the user to try and match the object name with the picture on the right of the screen.

Learn with Museum With No Frontiers: http://www.discoverislamicart.org/learn/exe1/index_en.html

Interactive game ‘Where Would You Put Me': http://www.discoverislamicart.org/learn/exe1/index_en.html

Once you have correctly labelled each object (even I had to guess a few of these as the images are not clear until you open them up individually, and neither is the font used for the text), you are taken to the next stage where you can group objects according to the environment they would have been found and used in. The four categories provided below are Mosque, Palace, Fort and House:

Interactive game Learn with Discover Islamic Art

Interactive game ‘Learn with Discover Islamic Art': http://www.discoverislamicart.org/learn/exe1/index_en.html

In summary this is a great way to engage a younger audience and helps familiarise children with objects found in many museums’ Islamic art collections.