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Prayer Pastels: Prayer Chart

This Prayer Chart is a compilation of the 5 pastels created for the Prayer Pastels series.

This chart helps children follow the daily prayers and mark their progress in completing the prayers throughout the week.  I hope to use this chart with my son this coming Ramadan to help him follow the prayer schedule and see how much he has accomplished.

The Prayer Pastels series can also be hung vertically to help the children see the sequence.

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the 5 prayers and how to inspire children to participate.

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Prayer Pastels: Isha 

Our fifth pastel composition is in the dark blues and bright yellows of the moon and stars of the night sky at Isha prayer.  The minaret is our interpretation of the Kalon in Bukhara Uzbekistan.

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We began with pastel pencil outlines of the minaret and dome before adding the landscape colours.

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After the sketches we added the swirling blues and glowing moon with stars before blending with our fingers.
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We recommend helping the children with the outline sketches for a reference point like the minaret in our composition and then showing the children the model for the blocks of landscape colour in the background. If the children are young then you can add the pastels and have the children blend the background colours.

The display can be hung vertically or horizontally in order of the prayers like so.  The purpose of this exercise is to help the children think about how the sky and shadow looks at the various prayer times rather than the hour of the day or prayer calculators.  This is an especially wonderful project for children in Ramadan because of the attention given to Fajr and Maghrib for the fasting day.

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the times for prayer throughout the day.

Prayer Pastels: Maghrib

Our fourth pastel composition is in the crimson orange and purples of the fading sunlight shortly after sunset for Maghrib prayer.  The minaret is our interpretation of the Kalon in Bukhara Uzbekistan.

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We began with pastel pencil outlines of the minaret and dome before adding the landscape colours.


We recommend helping the children with the outline sketches for a reference point like the minaret in our composition and then showing the children the model for the blocks of landscape colour in the background. If the children are young then you can add the pastels and have the children blend the background colours.

 

The display can be hung vertically or horizontally in order of the prayers like so.  The purpose of this exercise is to help the children think about how the sky and shadow looks at the various prayer times rather than the hour of the day or prayer calculators.  This is an especially wonderful project for children in Ramadan because of the attention given to Fajr and Maghrib for the fasting day.

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the times for prayer throughout the day.

Prayer Pastels: Asr

Our third pastel composition is in the muted purples and blues of the fading afternoon light.  The sun is sinking in the sky and the minaret is shadowed from the viewer’s perspective.  The Asr prayer time can be calculated by the length of the shadow as a little longer than the length of the object.  The minaret is our interpretation of the Kalon in Bukhara Uzbekistan.
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We began with pastel pencil outlines of the minaret and dome before adding the landscape colours.

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We recommend helping the children with the outline sketches for a reference point like the minaret in our composition and then showing the children the model for the blocks of landscape colour in the background. If the children are young then you can add the pastels and have the children blend the background colours.

The display can be hung vertically or horizontally in order of the prayers like so.  The purpose of this exercise is to help the children think about how the sky and shadow looks at the various prayer times rather than the hour of the day or prayer calculators.  This is an especially wonderful project for children in Ramadan because of the attention given to Fajr and Maghrib for the fasting day.

 

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the times for prayer throughout the day.

Prayer Pastels: Fajr

Our first pastel composition is in the muted fuchsia and purple of early morning before sunrise and a fading star.  The minaret is our interpretation of the Kalon in Bukhara Uzbekistan.

 

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We began with pastel pencil outlines of the minaret and dome before adding the landscape colours.

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We recommend helping the children with the outline sketches for a reference point like the minaret in our composition and then showing the children the model for the blocks of landscape colour in the background.  If the children are young then you can add the pastels and have the children blend the background colours.

The display can be hung vertically or horizontally in order of the prayers like so.  The purpose of this excercise is to help the children think about how the sky and shadow looks at the various prayer times rather than the hour of the day or prayer calculators.  This is an especially wonderful project for children in Ramadan because of the attention given to Fajr and Maghrib for the fasting day.

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the times for prayer throughout the day.