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



  • 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