Good morning Year 5,
The pottery of ancient Greece from c. 1000 to c. 400 BCE provides the oldest and most diverse representations of the cultural beliefs and practices of the ancient Greeks. Further, pottery, with its durability (even when broken) and lack of appeal to treasure hunters, is one of the great archaeological survivors and is, therefore, an important tool for archaeologists and historians in finding out about the chronology of ancient Greece.
The ancient Greeks created some of the finest pottery the world has ever known.
The ancient Greeks were famous for their clay pots. Potters in the city states of Corinth and Athens made beautiful pottery. They used a watery clay mixture to make patterns on the clay before it was hard. Then the pot was baked in an oven called a kiln. The areas painted with the clay mixture turned black and the unpainted areas turned a reddish-brown.
Please watch the video below to find out more about how the vases were made and why they were mainly orange and black.
Using the information you learnt from yesterday’s Big Question (ancient Greek gods and goddesses), create a design for an ancient Greek vase.
First, choose the shape of your pot: greek pots templates
Next, think of your favourite ancient Greek myth or legend and how you will portray this in your vase. For example, this image shows the story of Cronus & Rhea:
Please send in photos via the Homework Uploader.
If you have what you need at home you could try out something we would have done in class: How to make a scratch art Greek vase (printable)
Please tell us in the comments below what your pottery represents and a little brief summary of the myth in your pottery art.
I can’t wait to see them!
Mrs Avdiu & Ms Robertson
Printable version of this blog here: Tuesday History blog week 4