Art and Greek Myth

Contributor: Brian Anthony. Lesson ID: 11683

What if you didn't have cameras, TV, radio, phones—just a paintbrush or chisel? How would you express yourself? What would you want to tell? Learn to interpret ancient art, and create a slideshow!


Visual Arts, World

learning style
personality style
Otter, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • When you think about the most epic moments of your life, moments that will live on in your memory, what images do you make in your head?

Pictures can be used to represent the most incredible stories, and the artists of the ancient world created art to tell the stories of the gods and goddesses.

Images create powerful and compelling stories.

Often, all you need is one snapshot to tell a complete story, especially if the audience is already familiar with the story.

Think for a moment about three of your favorite stories or movies of all time. Write down a description of an image that you would use to represent each. When you are done writing, consider the following questions.

  • What is the summary of each story?
  • Why did you choose the image that you did for each?
  • How much prior knowledge of the story is needed for the image you selected to make sense?

Now try it in reverse. Take a look at the images below.

  • Which of these images seem familiar to you?

Write a paragraph to summarize the story behind each of the images you recognize. Write down as much as you know about each story.

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When you have finished, click below to reveal information about each image.

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Compare your writing to what you just revealed and answer these questions.

  • What information is actually contained in the image?
  • What information about the image did you already know, and how much information did you need to know for the image to make sense?
  • How can images like these make people feel like they belong to a group? Can you think of any examples?

People in the ancient world didn't have films to tell extended stories. They used other ways of telling stories, like epic poetry or theatrical drama. They used artistic images, including painting and sculpture, to trigger the movies in people's imaginations!

In the Got It? section, take a look at some mythic images and see how much information you can gather from them.

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