Ancient Roman Art

by Jimmie Lanley on April 5, 2012

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Roman Art Resources

We have taken a break from our usual artist study to do study the art of Ancient Rome. As our spine, I used Ancient Roman Art from the Art in History series. [In previous units, we have used Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece from this same series.]

It was a simple study, just reading a few chapters each day and spending time poring over the art in the oversized art books from the public library.

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Looking Through Old Calendar for Roman Art

Sprite looked through last year’s art calendar for examples of art from Ancient Rome. Then she summarized the high points on a notebooking page.

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Ancient Roman Art Notebooking Page

Sketching gladiators for #homeschool history

sketching gladiators

Normally with any art study, Sprite tries her hand at making a reproduction. For Ancient Rome, she chose to sketch a gladiator from the very masculine book by Richard Watkins. (That book is a real an eye opener about the brutality of the Colosseum.  Some parts were actually difficult to read. And I was struck with the violent parallels between Ancient Rome and modern America. Sad.)

For history, we’ll be moving into Byzantium soon.

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Sybille April 5, 2012 at 8:49 am

Looks like a great study!


Rebecca April 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Thanks, Jimmie…Posting this to my Homeschool Art Board for future references!


Dana April 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Another great study! And, Sprite is doing a terrific job drawing the gladiator! We watched Gladiators this week with my husband – a movie he owns but I had no desire to watch. It is rated R for extreme violence. Wow…it was tough to watch! It was such a violent time. I don’t really recommend the movie, but most of the kids in Alex’s class had watched it and they are studying Roman times… and, Alex and her dad enjoyed it!


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