Greek Art: 6th Grade

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The Purpose of this project is to become familiar with Greek Pottery and it's meaning, while using 3D drawing Techniques.
The Artist will:
  • Observe and research about Greek Pottery using the internet and certain websites.
  • Discuss as a class the reasons for the Greek Pottery, and how it usually tells a story in pictures (sports, battle, theatrical, music).
  • Discuss Ellipses and practice this 3D drawing technique.
  • Talk about Symmetry and use it to create their sketches of their pottery (folding and rubbing, or fold and hold up to the light).
  • Create a Greek style vase using the techniques shown and create a scene that tells a story.
  • Draw on a large paper, trace, and paint using similar colors used in Greek times.
Materials: large paper, paint, pencils.
Standards: S1: Skills and Process, S3: Symbolism of Greek Times, S4: History and Culture of Greek Art, S6: Connection to History

Greek Pottery Website Potpourri!


Decorate your own Greek Vase

Examples of Greek Vases

Facts about Greek Pottery

Britannica online Encyclopedia: Greek Vases

Examples of Ellipses:
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3D Unit
How to Draw 3D Objects, letters, etc

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How to video: Shapes

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1 point perspective examples:
Great perspective website!
Another great perspective website!
http://www.yedraw.com/animals.html#.VTapF2RViko: Good website for how to draw animals.

Egyptian Art

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The purpose of this lesson is for students to explore and create Egyptian Art by building an Egyptian ceremonial mask.



The Artist will:
  • Day 1: Discuss what they know about Egypt and Egyptian Art.
  • Look at books and artifacts from Egyptian Art, check out iphoto slideshow.
  • Look at pictures of masks and discuss the colors and features associated with the designs.
  • Create an Egyptian Mask using: A face form, poster board, plaster strips, white chalk, and paint (gold spray paint, gold, silver, blue, red, and purple).

Steps to creating the mask:

Day 2: With the face form, cover with plaster strips. When dry, take off plastic face forms.

Day 3: Cut out headdress design, tape to plaster face, and plaster over that.

Day 4: Spray paint with gold paint (outside)

Day 5: Sketch designs with white chalk.

Day 6-7: Paint using gold, silver, blue, red, and purple.



Materials: face forms, plaster strips, water, 12x18 poster board, gold spray paint, white chalk, royal colors for accents.

Standards: S1: Skills and Process, S3: Symbolism, S4: History and Culture, S6: Connection to Social Studies.


Pharaoh's Mask Video
KIng Tut's Face Revealed

Beautiful Egyptian Art

short Egyptian Art Cartoon

Egyptian Art Website

Egyptian Art Web fun!

Egyptian Art Connection

Mummy Maker

Egyptian tomb Adventure



Cave Art Unit!
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The Students will:
  • Listen to information and research Ancient Cave Art
  • Look at different styles of Cave Art.
  • Brainstorm what their needs/wants were back in cave art time, and compare it to now.
  • Get into a group and create their own cave drawings using group effort and stories created.
  • Draw on large pieces of brown paper with earth chalk.
  • Present their stories and drawings to the class.


Cave Art Link
Lascaux Cave Tour

Holiday Ornaments


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The Shoe Project!

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The Purpose of this lesson is for students to relate a famous artist or artist's style to a common everyday object, and create an image of that relation.



The artist will:

  • Observe several paintings, and learn about the artists and their styles of art.
  • Create a poster about their artist on their computer including the artists name, birth, death, style of art, (5) paintings, a portrait or photograph of the artist, and 3-5 fun facts.

  • Choose an interesting style or picture, and create a sketch in that similar style.
  • Bring in a shoe, and paint that painting or similar style onto their shoe!
  • Prime the shoe, sketch their design, and paint that picture (or a similar style), onto the shoe.
  • Be creative, and be able to name the style or artist they modeled their shoe after!

Materials: Shoe, several styles of paintings and artists to look at, paint, brushes.

Poster Examples

Paul Cezanne, by Lydia
Da Vinci: Will F.
Jackson Pollock: Collin
Augustus Rodin: Alec
Homer: Luke
Krandinsky: Tyler
Timeline: 3-4 classes.

Standards: S1: Skills and Process, S3: Symbolism of artistic styles, S4: Art History.