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Multiple Level Lesson Plan

Greek Mythology Scratchboard

Created on February 27, 2021 by Catriplett1

Students will create a Greek Vessel using scratchboard. The vessels will represent students' chosen Greek God, Titan, Hero, or Monster/Creature. Students will choose symbols to represent their chosen character.

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6 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1.SWBAT develop visual symbols that represent their chosen Greek characters.

2.SWBAT demonstrate blending and layering of oil pastel colors.

3.SWBAT design a composition that shows variation and visual balance of Greek character symbols and Greek patterns.

4. SWBAT tell the difference between warm and cool color schemes.

1. 9x12 Poster board or heavy cardstock.
2. Oil Pastels.
3. India Ink.
4. Wood Stylus
5. 9X12 Construction paper.
6. Glue.
7. Scissors
8. Computer for research.

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1. Students will research Greek Mythology characters that they may be interested in. They will also look for Greek patterns that they might want to use on their vessel. Then they will complete the provided work sheet (included sketches of their symbols). I had my students complete all for options, then narrow it down to their favorite one, but that will be up to you. (20- 40 minutes)

2. Students will then search for and sketch different types of Greek Vessels. My examples show 9, but you can have your students complete as many as you like. (20- 40 minutes).

3. On a piece of poster board or cardstock, have your students sketch the basic outline of their chosen vessel. (5 minutes).

4. Color the inside of the vessel using oil pastels. My class used either warm or cool color schemes.(15-30 minutes)

5. Cover the vessel drawing with India ink and allow it to dry. (5-20 minutes.

6. Carefully cut out the ink covered vessel. Allow students to use a wood stylus to scratch away their Greek patterns and symbols on to their vessels. (40 - 120 minutes)

7. Glue and mount the completed vessels on to students' chosen color of construction paper. (5 minutes)


Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[5-8] Students use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks
[9-12 Proficient] Students reflect on how artworks differ visually, spatially, temporally, and functionally, and describe how these are related to history and culture

Visual Arts Standard 4:
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

[5-8] Students describe and place a variety of art objects in historical and cultural contexts
[9-12 Proficient] Students analyze relationships of works of art to one another in terms of history, aesthetics, and culture, justifying conclusions made in the analysis and using such conclusions to inform their own art making

Ancient Greece

Balance, Line, Rhythm/Pattern, Unity/Harmony, Variety

Ink, Pastel

History/Social Studies