Thursday, October 30, 2014

Classroom Connections: Celebrating 75 Years!

The UM Museum is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year, and as part of that celebration we are heading into the vault and showcasing 75 different art pieces and artifacts from the Museum's collection. In addition to a University of Mississippi Blog post each week about the object, we'll be featuring educational prompts here each week for teachers and parents to share and respond to each week at home or school! Have any responses you'd like to share? Send them to for a chance to be featured on our blog! 

Here are the objects we have featured so far and stay tuned each Tuesday for a new post for 75 weeks! 

This large Volute Krater is from 340 B.C. - that's over 2,000 years old! Volute Kraters would have been used to mix water and wine, or in this case, for the ashes of the deceased. We believe that the person who died is the man seated in the center. Everyone appears to be at a festival- possibly the festival of Dionysus- having a great time. But at the top, there is a winged creature known as a Sphinx- the symbol of sudden death!

Based on these clues, do you think this was someone who lived a long, peaceful life, or someone who died young that liked to go to festivals?

Would this have been for a wealthy person or a poor person?

Do a little research about Greek vase painting. Is this a red-figure vase or a black-figure vase?

This marble statue of Aphrodite is a piece featured in the David M. Robinson Collection of Greek and Roman antiquities in the museum.  To the ancient Greeks, Aphrodite was the goddess of love and beauty. At one point this sculpture would have had earrings in the holes in her ears.

Did you know that often the marble sculptures we see from Ancient Greece were painted with bright colors? 

How do you think the artist made this statue from the marble?

Write a story about the goddess Aphrodite. If you know of any other gods or goddesses, include them in the story as well!

This abstract painting by Georgia O'Keeffe is part of the Seymour Lawrence Collection of American Art at the Museum. It was painted in 1918. O'Keeffe was most famous for her large paintings of close-up flowers and abstract works. 

What do you see in this painting? Does anyone see a lake? 

Abstract art doesn't look exactly like something would in real life- it could be a combination of colors, shapes, and lines. Create your own abstract painting at home or school! 

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