Roman Art Teacher Resources
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What Have the Romans Done for Us?
For this world history worksheet, learners use the information about Roman art, language, architecture, and literature along with further research to create a posters explaining what the Romans have done for us.
Distorting Madonna in Medieval Art
Why was the prominent figure of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in medieval paintings commonly painted out of proportion? Discover the deep religious roots connected to European medieval art beginning in the sixth century. This video offers a brief, yet fascinating, look into the draw of Christianity at the fall of Rome, and the consequential transition away from a focus on physical beauty toward a more permanent, metaphysical beauty.
Madonna of the Chair by Raphael Sanzio
Introduce the art and sensibility of the Italian Rennaissance with a look at Madonna of the Chair by Raphael. Third graders will discuss their observations of the piece, and then create art inspired by Raphael. There are eight engaging activities that require learners to draw, paint, and write like the masters. Note: Because the painting is religious in nature it may not be appropriate for all school settings.
All Roads Lead to Rome
Students compare and contrast two great civilizations that took very different paths. They examine what may have happened had the Romans continued to persecute the Christians and how such a great civilization could eventually fall.
I Got a Lava Livin' to do in Pompeii !
Sixth graders create journal entries from the point of view of Roman identities during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. They discuss the legacies of Roman art and architecture, technology, science, literature, language and law. They investigate how earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, and floods change human and wildlife habitats.
Conflict, Tragedy and the Power of Art
Students investigate some the ways art has responded to conflict throughout history. Through teacher lecture and demonstration, students witness the historical background of a piece of artwork and how it reflects the conflict it represents. Students create their own piece of artwork to illustrate what September 11, 2001 meant in terms of US history.
Greek Mythology: Cultures and Art
Students examine literary arts. For this Greek mythology lessons, students read Greek myths and select characters from the myths to study. Students create watercolor illustrations of the characters, write short stories about the characters, and then compare and contrast archetypes.
Rhythm, Patterns, Color and Texture in Art and Poetry
Explore rhythm, patterns, color and texture in art and poetry. In this poetry lesson, learners perform a class symphony and note the elements they experience. Students work in small groups to create a visual art piece that relates the elements discussed.
What's in a Picture? An Introduction to Subject in the Visual Art
Learners discuss the subject and meaning of examples of visual art. They analyze various paintings found on the Metropolitan Museum of Art website, answer discussion questions, complete online interactive activities, and write an essay.
What?s in a Picture? an Introduction To Subject in the Visual Art
High schoolers identify clues that tell them about where, when, who and what they are seeing in art images. They work, step by step, through the layers of meaning, delving more deeply into these layers with each work as they progress through the lesson.
Egg-citing Easter Art Activities
Easter art projects can be used to teach students about a variety of cultural art forms.
One Moment in Time
Learners discuss the Mimetic theory and design a still life design in linoleum block. For this Mimetic theory lesson, students discuss the importance of realism in art and research Greek and Roman art forms from which the Mimetic philosophy comes. Learners then design a still life design in linoleum block and give vocal criticism of their work.
Review of Ancient Rome
Roman architecture was not just beautiful, it was a feat of master engineering. Learners will look at the construction of ancient Roman buildings with vivid images and diagrams of architectural engineering. The presentation follows Roman art and architecture from ancient times, as well as how it has been used in modern construction.
Roman and Early Christian Art
Third graders explore pattern, texture, balance, symmetry as they examine Roman and Byzantine art in the four lessons of this unit. Details of the major art works studied are placed into a booklet for presentation to the class.
A Roman Triumph and Famous Sayings
In this Rome activity, learners read a passage about Roman soldiers and fill in the blanks to a paragraph about the soldiers. Students also write what they think famous Roman proverbs mean.
Greece and Rome Architecture Reflected in Federal Buildings Thinking Routine
Compare ancient and modern architecture by asking your historians to view photographs or slides of Roman and Greek architecture. They will complete a 3 circle Venn diagram labeled "Ancient Greece," "Rome," and "Modern Day United States," then write reflections about how the diagram illustrates how the United States architecture is modeled after great civilizations with similar ideals. This would be a wonderful activity to pair with a field trip!
Ancient Roman Mosaics
Kids take a look at mosaics found in ancient Rome, then they use highly geometric patterns to make their own fabulous pots. They use the patterns to adhere tiles onto a clay pot for an authentic Roman mosaic look. Tip: Make it math applicable and have the class determine angles, measure spaces, and then figure out the diameter and circumference of their pots.
Romantic Period in Music, Art, and Literature
“Romanticism aims at enlarging experience by exploring the real.” This excerpt from Jacques Barzun’s From Dawn to Decadence introduces a PowerPoint that examines the characteristics of and the major figures in music, art, and literature created during the Romantic Age.
Mind Your Mannerists-Understanding the Art of El Greco
Kids become mini-experts on the Mannerist movement and the art of El Greco. They identify common elements of El Greco paintings and compare them to a work by Thomas Hart Benton. They use four ways to examine art taken from the book, "Looking at Pictures" by Susan Woodford to help them analyze the paintings. A good lesson with a lot of great extension ideas.
Byzantine Art: 5th century to 1453 AD
Art and architecture are great ways to help define historical periods and cultural norms. Take a critical look at the art of the Byzantine period as seen under Justinian rule. Iconography, vocabulary, religious, and political concepts are depicted through the art of the time.