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6th Grade Artists Make Masterful Mughal Miniatures
Kate Howard

The Mughal Empire ruled most of the Indian subcontinent from 1526 CE until the middle of the 19th century. The most famous piece of Mughal art in the world today is the Taj Mahal, built by the Emperor Shah Jahan (ruled 1628-58 CE) as a mausoleum for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died aged 37 giving birth to his son.

As well as beautiful architecture, the Mughal Empire produced detailed and colorful paintings. Small in size and usually intended to be collected into albums, or for book illustrations, these are known as "Mughal miniatures."

6th grade did a deep dive into Mughal miniatures, beginning by exploring the color palette favored by Mughal artists. They made good copies of two different miniatures, practicing their observational and color matching skills. Then, as a culminating project they each created a 3D diorama, based on one or more miniatures. They practiced their 3D modeling skills, using a variety of materials including tin foil, plaster cloth, wire, fabric, paper and foam. They also cut, painted, folded, hot-glued and wired in lights to their work. We hope you like them!

  • Art & Design
  • Art & Design 6-8
  • Arts
  • Grade 6 Art
  • Mixed Media
  • Moghul Miniatures