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Greek sgraffito November 6, 2012

Filed under: projects — alaplante @ 4:49 pm

The second graders are learning about ancient Greece in their social studies class.  In Art, they created stories about Olympians, Gods, and Goddesses on amphoras.  Amphoras are 2 handled ceramic vases used by the Greeks.  The ancient Greeks used a technique called sgraffito to draw the images on the vases.  Sgraffito means to scratch…the top color is scratched off to reveal a different color clay underneath.

The 2nd graders practiced theirs sgraffito skills twice.  First, they used scratch paper, revealing gold/silver underneath the black layer.  Second, they used clay, scratching through a layer of red glaze to reveal the white clay underneath.




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