Ancient Greek Art

by Jimmie Lanley on May 6, 2011

ancient greek architecture notebooking

For history, we are wrapping up Ancient Greece. One of the supplemental books I added to the Beautiful Feet curriculum is Ancient Greek Art. The art books in this series give a broad overview and always mesh nicely with our history books. As we read through the book and did a couple of the recommended act projects, Sprite took notes on notebooking pages. You can find those in three posts at The Notebooking Fairy, my second blog devoted exclusively to notebooking.
The Notebooking Fairy -- printables and how-tos with a pinch of pixie dust

Of course, our visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art reinforced all we had seen in books with real life artifacts. I snapped a shot of Sprite explaining objects to her father. She felt herself quite the expert after studying Ancient Greek Art. I was quite impressed what she retained and credit much of that to our use of notebooking after each reading assignment.
sprite explaining ancient greek items

Another plus was seeing objects similar to ones we had seen in our art calendar. Living books (and calendars) are wonderful, worth their weight in gold, but nothing compares to the real thing.
ancient greek amphora art calendar ancient greek art


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Dee Paisley May 6, 2011 at 10:21 am

BRILLIANT! And the people around her were in awe as she explained these items to her dad. THey probably learned something too. I remember from my only visit to the MMA, I was stunned to overhear a boy of mid elementary age discussing the tapestry(?painting?) that showed 3 stages of a battle attack on a castle. He proceeded to discuss it with his dad and “grandmother” in French and English. I seem to recall another language, but discussion of the item in the first two languages blew me away so that I didn’t even process the third language.


Alexandra May 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Beautiful notebooking pages!


Melissa May 9, 2011 at 7:53 pm

What an unforgettable experience for you guys! I love the expression you were able to capture in that picture = priceless!
We studied Ancient Egyptian art a while back, and we were able to get to the museum to see the World of the Pharaohs before it moved on! It was so wonderful to watch the boys make connections!
Thank you for these resources…we will be using them!


Sparklee May 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm

As always, thanks for the great links and resource ideas!

Just when the kids think they are “done” with Ancient Greece, we find another interesting avenue to pursue. I have a feeling we’ll be revisiting the ancients over and over, because you are never really “done” with such fascinating subjects!

I love the look on her face as she’s pointing to the display–it always makes me so happy to see that look of recognition and excitement!


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