This lesson plan utilizes the upside down drawing exercise while introducing Greek art from the Archaic period. Students increase their drawing skills with this exercise as they replicate the image of Dionysus on a boat from the famous piece of painted pottery called Dionysus’ Cup.
Since we study Ancient – Medieval History in cycle 1 of Classical Conversations, this project works great for the cycle 1 week 3, 30 minute fine arts lesson on upside down drawing.
This 10 page lesson plan includes the following:
- An introduction to Archaic Greek art
- A carefully crafted sentence about Archaic Greek Art (ideal for memorization)
- An explanation of why and how to make the most of the upside down drawing exercise
- Vocabulary words and definitions
- References to additional resources
- 4 pages of Archaic Greek art samples
- Detailed Art Project instructions
- Materials List
- Simplified line drawing of the image on Dionysus’ Cup
- Detailed line drawing of the image on Dionysus’ Cup
- Options for scaling the art project up or down depending on the experience level of your art students
- Encore suggestions- These are ideas tutors can offer students for how they can repeat the lesson at home with a fun twist. If you have several hours to complete this art project, you may want to try one of these suggestions in class.
This lesson is available, at a discount, in the “Ancient Art Drawing Package,” which includes 6 lesson plans and is ideal for weeks 1-6 of Fine Arts in a cycle 1 Classical Conversations Foundations community.
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