The 2nd graders are very busy with a Greek art unit. They are studying the amphora, a two-handled vase, used to store water and grains for the ancient Greeks. Traditional Greek amphoras are clay, but the 2nd graders are trying out two different methods. First they used scratch paper to practice the the technique of sgraffito, which means scratching off the top layer to show a different color underneath. In the clay pots, sgraffito was used to show the red and black images. Second, the students are currently making 3D amphoras by paper-maching over plastic bottles. Soon, we will had the important 2 handles and paint!
2D and 3D Greek Amphoras January 5, 2011