Art Inspiration: Greek Vases


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Several weeks ago I did a weeklong exploration/inquiry on mythology, specifically Greek/Roman or Classic Mythology.   The students truly enjoyed the week with me reciting the tail of the Greek gods and other classical myths. Yet one art project we did inspired many to create some wonderful artwork.

Below you can see the Greek vase art project we did. You can follow each step on how we created them.

 

Step 1. First we drew a vase and then we choose warm or cool colour oil pastels and totally coated or coloured in the entire vase, pressing hard. If you don’t, the black paint will stick and absorb to those areas and won’t easily be scratched away.
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Step 1: Colour the vase with oil pastels

 
Step 2. After we fully colored and coated the entire vase with the oil pastels, the students use black acrylic paint to paint over wherever they colored in oil pastel. We let the creation dry fully over night.
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Step 2: paint the vase with acrylic paint.

 
Step 3.   The next day the students used wooden toothpicks and skewers to scratch away gently into the vases and just remove the black paint exposing the colored oil pastel underneath.
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Step 3: using a toothpick or a skewer, scrap away the black paint to create your image.

 

I told them that many Greek vases depicted tails from mythology or some impart scene from the life of the time the vase was created. My example shows a scene from the tail of Prometheus being visited by the eagle. I told them that they could do a story or some thing important to themselves. A couple of students enjoy playing baseball and you can see their creations. Below you can enjoy the students hard work and amazing finished vases.
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