Art history is a vital part of a well-rounded art education. This file includes over 2 weeks of activities for a high school art class focused on ancient Greek culture and art with a focus on the concept of contrapposto, which is a weight-shift shown in Greek statues.
This zip download includes 3 lesson plans, 2 PowerPoint presentations, note organizers for students to complete, a note organizer key, a sculpture rubric, a research worksheet, and an artist statement rubric. All of the documents are organized in one PDF so it will be easy to print and organize.
The first lecture is called, “Opa! Ancient Greek Culture and Art.” This PowerPoint provides background information about ancient Greek artwork and culture, and introduces students to Greek history, including the Archaic Era, the Classic Era, the Hellenistic Era, and the Roman Era. Some of the vocabulary includes: kore, kouros, Archaic Smile, Parthenon, canon, and contrapposto. There is a 2 sided note guide for the students to complete and a key for the instructor to use.
The second lecture is called, “Opa! The Deities of Ancient Greece.” Some of the Gods and Goddess in this presentation include: Aphrodite, Zeus, Athena, Hera, and Apollo. This lecture requires student participation since they will need to determine if the statues they are viewing are from the Archaic Era or the Classical/Hellenistic Era.
There is a rubric for students to create a papier-mâché sculpture of an ancient Greek Deity or historic figure. Students will need to show a weight-shift, which will make their statues look more realistic.
Before the students will create their sculptures, they will independently conduct research on the figure they want to sculpt. There is a worksheet for their research.
There is also an artist statement rubric included in this download. The artist statement is a short written document to accompany the statue.
Note: some of the statues featured are unclothed such as Aphrodite de Milos (Venus de Milo).
This work by Klaire Pearson
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