Ancient Greece Art Game
Need a bulletin board that shows student exploration into ancient Greek art and culture such as the Olympics? Imagine these beautiful ancient Greece art vases hanging in the hallway by your door. You will be the talk of the school! This cultural art lesson is perfect for social studies and art teachers wanting to teach about pottery and black figure and red figure styles. Step-by-step picture directions and the included PowerPoint presentation with close-up, detailed photos will guide your students from start to finish.
Going to be absent and need a last minute art history lesson for the substitute? Or are you searching for fun, supplemental resources for art? Fill up your art sub plan folder with low-prep, creative art projects. Once your students know how to play the game, they’re easy to leave with a sub! Create a small sub tub in your room with copies of the game in a labeled folder inside the tub along with some dice. The lesson is structured in a way that students can do the reading and practice drawing in one lesson, and the actual project when you return the following week.
Are you trying to foster more independence in your art room? This art game makes for the best and most productive early finisher activity for your students. You can set up a choice-based art center where students select an activity amongst different ones. Print out the game board and directions back to back, file them in labeled folders, and let them pick what they’d like to create.
Looking for a differentiated art lesson that boosts independent thinking, problem-solving, and skill-acquisition? This art lesson will do the trick. Despite students selecting designs from the same game board, the outcome of each project is unique to the creator.
You will create an ancient greece art vase by rolling the die and collecting the different parts required to create it.
- First, choose a vase shape and trace it.
- Then using mahogany paint and a stiff, flat paintbrush, lightly paint across the vase with quick strokes of the brush. Let dry.
- Next, roll the die to select which figure you’re going to add to your vase. Draw it large, leaving room for the border designs.
- Trace over the figure (and all subsequent designs) in permanent marker.
- Next, roll the die to select your first border and draw it.
- Roll the die three more times to determine the last three borders you’ll add (borders #2 – #4).
- Draw them into your design.
- Once completed, outline the entire vase in permanent marker and cut it out.
I’ve included three ways students can generate their design. The first is the game board where students roll the die to select their parts. The second is a “you pick” board. Both of these are printables. And lastly, for teachers needing engaging lessons during distance learning, I’ve added digital spinner wheels!
First, print out the Ancient Greece art game and picture directions back-to-back. Then give your students dice and watch them have fun creating their own art project independently. If you have access to a smartboard or projector, use the accompanying PowerPoint presentation. It will guide the students during each part of the art project.
Once completed, have students use the self-assessment rubrics to evaluate their artwork based on craftsmanship, creativity, following directions, work habits, project goals, and clean up. And then have them complete the “Big Ideas” sheet so they can connect the creation process to their learning.
If you are substituting or need a fast finisher activity, use the included coloring page.
- 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade
Main Learning Objective
- Students will be able to create an ancient greek vase using an easy, loose painting technique and pairing it with traditional greek designs.
- They will also learn about the process of making pottery and its use in Ancient Greece.
- Washable Tempera Paint
- Permanent Marker
You Will Receive
- 18-Page, Non-Editable PDF (Ancient Greece Art Game)
- 9-Page, Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
- Roll a Dice Game
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- Step-by-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
- Ancient Greek Pottery History Handout
- 5 Greek Vase Templates (Pelike, Volute Krater, Bell Krater, Calyx Krater, and Stamnos)
- Visual Arts Self-Assessment Rubrics
- Artist “Big Ideas” Reflection Sheets
- 8, “I CAN” Statements Aligned to the Studio Habits of Mind
- Practice Drawing Page
- Coloring Page
- Paperless Google Drive digital resource for students (also for use in Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, Seesaw, Microsoft OneDrive, Teams, and anywhere else you can share a link to a file…link on the bottom of page 2)
- Digital Spinner Wheels in the download as well as on Google Slides and YouTube (links on the bottom of page 3)
This was just what I was looking for! I used this during virtual learning to create an art activity for the students during our ancient Greek unit. Students LOVED making their vases, and they turned out great! I love the variety of vase options you included. Turning it into a dice game added an element of fun. Thank you! – Megan W.
Students could work independently and at their own pace to create a personalized vase. – Shalon
Used this project for Ancient Greece Unit during SS class. Students loved it!! – Christina W.
This was such a great reference for our Greek Pottery Scratch Art Activity during Greek day! – Jennifer C.