a Greek drawing excercise

February 14, 2010

A couple of weeks ago I devised a drawing activity for my classes, hoping to find a way of connecting with them. I have had trouble finding common ground with my current students, and thought our recent lesson on Greek temples offered an exciting opportunity. I will say, I did not labor for too long over this project, but it ended up being an extreme success which I think is worth sharing. It was a good reminder to me that I am not just teaching art students and that having relaxing and creative activities is necessary in between all the art history.

The project was to work in pairs to design a temple for one of the Greek gods or goddesses. I gave each pair a printout about their deity, listing their primary associations, related myths, temples dedicated to them, and their family tree. Using the information about temples we learned in class, each pair had to design their own temple with specific images associated with their god or goddess. They had to incorporate actual architectural elements while still being creative.

To be perfectly honest, I expected everyone to hate this project. Needless to say, I was over the moon when they not only enjoyed it, but stayed late to finish even after I told them they could leave. They got so into their drawings, I thought I would post some of work (anonymously) for you all to enjoy!*

*The gods depicted are (from left to right): Hades, Hephaestus, Ares, and Athena.

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