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Greek and Roman Art (elementary)


Date: Wed Mar 06 2002 - 03:14:21 PST

Dear Sandy,
I just finished a unit on Greek art and I'm in the midst of Roman art now.

Greek Art
My third graders drew and cut out symmetrical Greeks urns, amphoras, pitchers, etc. Some of them had neat animal heads. They drew wide bands of Greek style patterns. They could choose to do red and black patterns on tan paper or black patterns on red paper. They left a wide band blank. We did gesture drawing for a whole period and then they did gesture drawing figures doing sports on their urns. They were allowed to draw balls, bows and arrows, etc. I had the models pose in sports poses. They used pencil for the gesture drawing part. I had my parent volunteers glue a few of the best ones onto black or red 12" x 18" construction paper for the art show.

The fourth graders made collage masks (comedy or tragedy) using construction paper, wall paper, cotton balls, sequins, yarn, and lots of other fun stuff I had lying around. They cut out a symmetrical mask. Some of them chose to pop it out by slitting the sides or top or bottom and then stapling it closed. They glued or stapled their masks to 12" x 18" paper. They had to choose a color scheme: primary, secondary, complementary, monochromatic or analagous. We took turns identifying which child had used which color scheme when we finished.

The fifth graders did the same theme only they used Crayola Model Magic. They painted them with black and gold paint. Then they mounted them on black 9" x 12" paper and again on cardboard. They had to make coils of clay for curly hair somewhere - hair, mustache or beard. They decorated the border of the black paper with Sakura gold pens. They had to do a Greek style pattern. Some decorated the whole paper with lines. The best masks were painted all black first and then lightly dry brushed with gold paint. I kind of wanted them all to do it this way but I wanted to give them the choice of how to paint it. We don't have a kiln so that's why we didn't do a ceramic mask. They all loved this project. ( I also told them it had to look like a face - either sad or happy.)

Roman Art
My second graders are currently doing paper mosaic collages. They are cutting little strips of paper into squares and gluing them on black 9" x 12" paper. I asked them to to a very simple obgect or design.

Third graders are doing a sunface mosaic. They covered 9" cardboard circles with colored paper and then drew a sunface. They glued dried seeds and beans on the lines and in some of the spaces.

The fourth graders are making coins (about 5" in diameter) using Model Magic and painted gold or gold with black details. They spent a week drawing profiles before doing this. They had to do a face in profile on the clay using more clay. These are being mounted on cardboard circles which they painted black. They are decorating the edges of the circles with patterns of Roman numerals.

The fifth gradres are studying figure drawing. They are drawing a Roman soldier or a Roman woman in a toga using scratch art paper with gold underneath the black coating. These will be glued to colored construction paper and decorated with columns and a pediment. I may come up with more lessons but that's all I have so far. Maybe these ideas will spark some ideas for you.
Have fun! --- Sky