Grade 10 Art Students Visit The Royal Ontario Museum
Last week, the Grade 10 art class travelled to the Royal Ontario Museum to experience the artifacts and artworks of the ancient Egyptian and Greek cultures firsthand.
In the morning, they looked at the influences of the afterlife upon the Egyptian society through their study of pyramid construction and examining the process of mummification. By seeing the actual mummies at the ROM, the students were able to connect the ceremonial decorations and the process with what they had learned in class.
In the afternoon, we travelled to Greece, where they examined how the Greeks perfected the contrapposto pose to add naturalism to their sculptures, enhancing the physical form and capturing realistic musculature. In examining temples, they learned that the Parthenon would have been painted in bold colours and that vase painting incorporated mythology as well as scenes from everyday life.