Greece and Rome

GREEK VASES
An Assignment with a Twist - Part I
Part II

The Assignment
Pick a shape for a Greek Vase, add a design, and learn as much as you can about ancient Greek CULTURE in the process.

The Twist
Before you begin this assignment, DRAW NAMES (yes, like you did in grade school on the holidays.) You will give your finished product to the person in your class whose name you selected. Don't tell. You're adults. Make sure nobody gets left out and everybody has fun.

Begin with a shape. What would your "recipient" like? A wine-mixing krater? A pyxis for holding the flash-trash?? A Dinos as an award for excellence?? You can freehand your design or cheat a little and use the enlarger on your neighborhood copy machine to make the design the size you want. Hint: make the design as large as possible.

Here we go with the shapes--

AMPHORA Today we give cash bonuses to athletes. We film them endorsing their favorite products. But in early Greece, victors in the Pan-Athenic games were awarded oil...and the oil was stored in large ceramic vessels called amphoras.
DINOSA dinos was also given as a prize during Greek competitions. It is a deep bowl without handles. Often a dinos was rounded on the bottom, and therefore needed a stand for support.
HYDRIA If your chore was to bring home the water, you'd carry it in a hydria. A hydria has three handles: the two on the shoulder of the vessel are for lifting. The handle at the top makes pouring easier.
KANTHAROS Dionysos, the Greek god of wine, is often depicted as he drinks from a kantharos. This vessel is a deep cup with two vertical handles which often extend high above the lip of the cup.
It was considered uncivilized to drink wine straight... so mixing it with water was a social ritual. The early Greeks used a KRATER for this process. It's a large bowl with a wide mouth.
KYLIX A fine gift for the Greek who has everything would be a kylix, or an elegant, highly decorated drinking cup. This vessel might have been decorated on the outside walls, and also in the circular inside area, or tondo. If you create a design for the tondo, it should be in the shape of a circle.
PHIALE A departure ritual in early Greece might have included pouring libations to the gods using saucer-like bowl called a phiale. This vessel had no foot or handle, but the celebrant could get a grip using the thumb hole at the base of the bowl.
Where to keep your lipstick and small change!!!? A PYXIS,or small box-like container with a lid,might be the Greek solution. This container is usually round, but might have a number of many different vertical profiles. A pyxis was a girl thing...for keeping cosmetics, jewelry, and small items. It's common to see illustrations of weddings or funerals on a pyxis.

More choices...
Greek Vase Shapes

Now On to Part II

Greece and Rome


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