Greek Ceramics: Seeing Red

Curricular Connections

Visual arts, material cultures, art history, Greek mythology


For flat painting:

  • Heavy art paper or card stock

For calyx (drinking cup):

  • Large, shallow paper bowls
  • Smaller paper bowls
  • Pipe cleaners (optional)

For amphora (large jar):

  • Balloons
  • Strips of newspaper and glue (for papier-mâché)
  • Paper bowls (one per student)

For all projects:

  • Black, white, and orange/red paint
  • An index card or similarly sized piece of paper

Common Core Standards

This activity directly supports the following ELA-Literacy Common Core Strands:

Create a presentation, art work, or text in response to a literary work with a commentary that identifies connections and explains divergences from the original.

Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.