Monday, March 11, 2013

Greek Mythology in Library and Art

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Top: The inspiration for this project: an ancient Greek amphora, or vase, showing a scene from Greek mythology. Bottom: an amphora-shaped tile by an RES fourth grader.

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RES fourth graders just finished a unit on Greek mythology that began with Mrs. Redford in the library and ended with Mrs. Elliott in art. First the students chose Greek gods or goddesses, researched them in the library, and picked a myth to summarize.

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Then they sketched action moments from their myths onto outlines of amphorae.

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They took their sketches to art class, where they prepared clay tiles in the shape of amphorae.

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They carved their scenes onto their tiles.

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And finally they treated their tiles to make them look old.

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The goals for this unit were for students to read Greek myths, improve their research and summarization skills, and develop their storytelling skills using images as well as words. We hope you enjoy seeing their artwork!

 

 

Amphora image: Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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