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Poseidon and the Sea: Myth, Cult, and Daily Life

This annotated list of web resources may be used to help you and your students learn more about looking at and making meaning from this type of art.

  • For students

    The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory http://www.carlos.emory.edu/ODYSSEY/GREECE/welcome.html

    Through this interactive website, students can explore numerous facets of ancient Greek culture.

    The Birmingham Art Museums & Art Gallery http://www.schoolsliaison.org.uk/kids/preload.htm

    At the left of this web page for children, you will find a link to Ancient Greece, which leads to three activity choices, including Design a Greek Pot. Finished pot designs are printable.

    History for Kids http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/greeks/

    This site features myriad themes for students to explore that range from Ancient medicine and sewage to Greek pots and mathematics.

    The J. Paul Getty Museum http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/videoDetails?segid=373

    This four-minute video illustrates how clay and pots are made.

  • For teachers

    Tampa Museum of Art http://tampamuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/ua-teacher-resourcesm.pdf

    This link takes you to a pre-visit manual designed to give teachers an overview of some of the themes that relate to the museum's Ancient Greek and Roman collections. It poses good framing questions and offers background information and activities for teachers and students to use in preparation for a museum visit.

    Video: Conserving Ancient and Byzantine Art at the Art Institute of Chicago http://www.artic.edu/aic/multimedia/multimediasearch/results/conserving+...

    You will find this video at the top of the display page. Click on View this Resource in red to start the video. This video chronicles the conservation processes used to prepare several ancient and Byzantine artworks for display, including the restoration of a Greek vase, the cleaning of Roman and Byzantine mosaics, the metallurgical analysis of a bronze sculpture, and the laser-cleaning of a marble statue. (Length 13m 52s)

    Additionally, using the multimedia finder you can locate videos teaching different topics related to ancient art, including: coin production, mosaics, and glassblowing.

    Archaeological Institute of America http://www.archaeological.org/

    Within the Education section of this site there are numerous creative and adaptable lesson plans for K-12 students designed to promote archeological inquiry and an understanding of the material record of the human past.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/ht/?period=04&region=eusb#slideshow5

    This leads you to the Ancient Greek History section of the Heilbrunn Timeline for Art History. At the top of the page you will find links leading to maps, timelines, thematic essays related to a variety of topics, and images of works of art with label copy.

    Learning to Give http://learningtogive.org/lessons/unit382/lesson3.html

    Poseidon’s Protectors to the Rescue (middle school)

    This lesson plan teaches students the difference between myth and reality using Poseidon as the main story. The included writing assignment makes a connection to the cotemporary issue of water stewardship.

    Joslyn Art Museum https://www.joslyn.org/education/teachers/thursdays-for-teachers/teacher...

    This resource has lesson plans and teaching posters as well as useful timelines of Ancient Greek history. It also features a menu of excellent web-based resources.

    Video: Ancient and Byzantine Mosaic Materials http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPjbiP66-6M

    This video teaches about the various natural materials used in the creation of mosaics. Length 2m 38s)

    Video: Making Ancient and Byzantine Mosaics http://www.artic.edu/aic/resources/resource/2617?search_no=5&index=9

    In this video an artist demonstrates how to make a floor mosaic from the substrate level up. (Length 3m 44s)