Minoans – Making Patterned Vessels
Year 5 will be learning about Ancient Greece this year. The Minoans preceded the Ancient Greeks, but strongly influenced them. The children learnt how the Minoans decorated their ceramics with patterns influenced by their surroundings and how the styles changed during different periods, which helps archaeologists to date their finds.
Observation drawing requires children to attend closely for a period of time and encourages good hand to eye co-ordination, as well as having mental health benefits.
Modroc is a messy business, but so much fun! The children learnt how to use an armature to support the structure they were building.
Transferring Patterns onto the Vessel
The children created patterns based on their observation drawings and the various styles of Minoan ceramics they were familiar with. Most children chose to use the colours typical of Minoan Kamares ware: black, white and orange.