Greek Frieze

Grade(s): 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12

Location: Visual Art Studios at St. Albert Place (Art Gallery of St. Albert)

Program Delivery: In Person, In School, and Virtual

A Frieze is a horizontal narrow band of sculpture that runs along the architrave or roof line of a Greek temple. Using high and low relief sculpture techniques on a slab of clay, students will create a unique clay piece inspired by imagery found on ancient Greek architecture and pottery. 



  • Art: refining forms, creative process, expression and celebration, fine and gross motor skill development
  • Social: Democracy: action and participation; Ancient Athens
  • Science: Experimentation, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making


Student Outcomes

  • Learn to recognize some of the common attributes of Greek architecture such as capitals and columns, entablature, pediment, cornice, architrave and frieze
  • Experiment with drawing, impressing, rolling, cutting and coiling clay in order to create a realistic rendering of an ancient Greek temple, pottery or mythological figures
  • Continue clay modelling, going beyond previous levels to include more advanced slab techniques; e.g., cutting, welding to make cylindrical shapes