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. 

*Note: All in school and virtual clay programs use air dry clay which is much less durable than clay that is bisque fired at our visual art studios. We cannot transport clay from in-school programs to the visual art studios for firing, but if your school has a kiln and a technician, we can supply suitable clay for firing at your school. 

Click here for information on in school techniques for finishing air dry clay

 

Curriculum

  • 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 

Teacher Feedback

I have done clay projects with you for as long as I can remember. Once again, everything was AMAZING! We have a new grade partner this year who had never been, and she absolutely loved it! The instructors are always excellent, They explain and guide the students in manageable chunks to make it easy for the kids to follow along. I love that you allow extra parents to come and assist. I especially like that the projects are always connected to the curriculum! Thanks again.

Bishop David MotiukGr 3, “Nunavut Kayaks” Clay Program

The Peru and Indigenous Peoples of Canada program perfectly connected Gr 3 Social Studies content with some Gr 4 Social Studies content. We had lots to talk about after.

Lynnwood SchoolGr 3/4, “Peru and the Aboriginal People of Canada” Museum program

The instructor was amazing. She engaged the students in the Métis culture. The activity was hands on and informative.

St. Edmund SchoolGr 4 “Metis Contemporary Beading” Gallery Indigenous In-School Program