Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The 5th/6th grade was studying Greece, so I themed several art classes for them. This one involved the beautiful clay pots and vases (amphora) that the Greeks decorated with red and black graphic shapes and figures.
Then I gave them orange paper and had them fold it in half so that when they cut it would be a complete vase shape.
Next I gave them a brief overview of the different athletes and gods that decorated these vessels. Of course most greek athletes are a a tiny bit underdressed, which let to the expected tittering amongst the crowd. Once the giggling settled down, I tried to get them to see that these ancient drawings were pretty basic. Almost all the different shpes were carrot-like. Legs, arms, fingers...all different elongated ovals.