Ancient Greece History Co-op - Week 14 - Sculpture

Week 14: We created Greek sculptures.

Phidias is the most famous Greek sculptor from the classical period of Ancient Greece. He lived during the 5th century BC and created Athena which stood in the Parthenon in Athens, and Zeus which sat in the Temple of Zeus in Olympia.

Before the 4th century all sculptures of Greek women were required to be clothed. After the 4th century there was an explosion of nude women sculpture. That's one way archaeologists date ancient Greek artwork.

We watched this video to learn how Greek sculpture influenced art.

Then we created our own Greek sculptures from zucchini.

 This is what we started with.

 These were the carving tools.

 The kids peeled the zucchini and cut off the ends before carving.

 Carving zucchini is very difficult.

Can you guess which one is supposed to be Zeus?

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  1. A Zucchini-Zeus - I love this! I am doing Greek mythology in my 5th grade classes, so that gives me ideas!

  2. Ok these totally crack me up!!! As a homeschooled mama homeschooling her little ones I LOVE this! Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids! I hope you will come link up with us again this week!!


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