Greek Art & Architecture

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Please note that this workshop will only be running until Fri 30th March 2012.

Pupils explore Ancient Greek society by examining myths, stories and rituals represented in paintings, pottery, friezes and relief sculptures.

Aims (Skills, Knowledge, Activity, Result)

  • To introduce the Greek gods, goddesses and centaurs that appear in myths,  explain beliefs and explore historic events
  • To explore Greek inspired architecture, Parthenon sculptures and artefacts
  • To make observational pastel drawings of original pottery over 2000 years old depicting ancient Greek life
  • To understand the Greek influence on Victorian buildings, paintings and ceramics

What happens in a workshop

The session starts in the studio with an introduction to ancients Greeks through temple architecture and patterns. This is followed by a tour of the interior and the exterior of the gallery building to see the Parthenon sculptures depicting religious processions, historic events and battling centaurs. In the galleries, pupils look at painting and pottery to explore Greek myths. They meet the gods and goddesses and discuss the role they play in the story of Pandora’s box. Pupils make observational drawings in pastel from original Greek pottery used in everyday life.

Prepare for your visit

  • Pupils would benefit from a basic knowledge of architectural elements and with an awareness of the Greek Gods
  • It is useful, but not essential for pupils to know the story of Pandora's box
  • Find out how to plan your visit, including booking information, parking, facilities and a downloadable risk assessment

What people are saying about the workshop

"I have learnt so much – absolutely brilliant! So inspirational! Wish we had done it last year and the year before!"

Year 3 Teachers, Manchester Prep School for Girls

How to book

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Find out how to plan your visit.

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