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Level: Junior, Middle School
Grades: 3-8 | Age: 8-14 | Written by: Amy Woods
[Amy is a teacher at Prescott Central Middle School in Cookeville, TN USA]

Students will be introduced to the designs of Ancient Greek Pottery as they explore the use of geometric and organic shape in making ordered patterns.


To introduce the designs of Ancient Greek Pottery; to explore the use of geometric and organic shape in making ordered patterns.

What You Need:
What You Do:

Project directions:

  1. Students use a ruler and a medium-width marker, such as a Sharpie, to draw a series of parallel horizontal lines from top to bottom in the pot outline on the paper. They do not need to stay in the lines, since the pot will be cut out when it is finished. The space between the lines should vary.

  2. Students use the markers to draw a different pattern in each row. The larger-width markers can be used to make some of the horizontal lines darker and to color in some of the shapes. Encourage students to use variety by making some of their shapes black and leaving some uncolored.

  3. After the pot is completely covered with patterns, it can be cut out and signed.

More Information:

Minoan Pottery - a KinderArt History Lesson

Greek Pottery for Kids - An excellent, interactive website!
Kids can design, decorate, print and keep a Greek Pot!

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