It’s important to incorporate art history in elementary art classes, and this art project teaches students about ancient Minoan art with a hands-on group activity. Students will role-play that they are archaeologists and discover a broken mural from the Knossos Palace, which they will need to reassemble.
This PDF file includes the lesson plan that describes how to prepare and teach this art project. It's fairly simple and could be taught by a regular classroom teacher as an archaeology activity as part of a unit on ancient civilizations and culture.
There are 7 full page black line images that are based on artwork created by ancient Minoans to copy for this project. There are an additional 7 pages with cutting guidelines to help with preparation. There are 4 images of people and faces, but there are pictures of animals too. There are dolphins, a monkey, and part of a bull to illustrate bull-leaping!
This lesson is easy to teach in an art class, but it could also be used as part of ancient history unit taught by non-art teachers.
This work by Klaire Pearson
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