In this unit, student artists learn about Persian Miniatures. They then create an illustration of a story or poem using an engraving technique and oil pastels.


6th Grade

Scope & Sequence:

Lesson 1: In this lesson, students learn that they will be creating ‘engravings’, and prepare their materials for the upcoming project. Note: There is no video for this lesson.

Lesson 2: In this lesson, student artists learn about Persian Miniatures, then begin work on their own by choosing a narrative (or poem) and drawing an ‘action scene’ from it.

Lesson 3: In this lesson, student artists learn about how Persian artists would extensively pattern their paintings, then they begin adding patterns to their own engraving.

Lesson 4: In this lesson, students artists look at the bright colors Persian artists would use in their miniatures, and are able to use oil pastels to add color to their own work. They also continue to engrave patterns.

Lesson 5: Allow a fifth day entirely for finishing and refining work.

Lesson 6: Optional. a final day for finishing.

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The above will take you to a supply list that assumes a class size of 30. Adjust according to your needs. 

Books & Media:

Art Elements: 

line, texture, color


Art Principles: 



National Core Visual Art Standards: 

VA:Cr1.1.3a, VA:Cr2.1.5a, VA:Cr3.1.3a, VA:Cr3.1.5a, VA:Re.7.1.3a, VA:Re.7.1.5a, VA:Re.7.2.3a, VA:Re.7.2.4a, VA:Re.7.2.5a, VA:Cn11.1.4a



Language Arts (could connect the illustration to a text or series of texts being read in class), Mathematics (could extend by spend more time focusing on the geometrical border/use of pattern blocks and patterns within the miniatures).


Common Core Standards: 

RL.4.2, RL.5.2, RL.4.3, RL.5.3, RL.3.7, RL.4.7, RL.5.7, SL.3.1b, SL.4.1b, SL.5.1b, SL.3.1c, SL.4.1c, SL.5.1c, SL.3.4, SL.4.4, SL.4.5, SL.5.5, SL.3.6, W.4.1d, W.5.1d, W.3.2d, 4.MD.C., 4.G.1




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