✓ ARTH 201 Intro to Art History I
GREEK, ROMAN, or MEDIEVAL WAX TABLET PROJECT
Wax writing tablets had been in use for thousands of years (before paper was easily available in the Western regions). In ancient Greece and Rome, the popular wax tablets were small wooden tablets that were carved out and filled with a thin pool of wax. A stylus (a pointed tool made of metal, wood, or bone) was used to write on the wax. In order to erase a message/note, one just smoothed out the wax with the opposite (flat) end of the stylus. Two flat tablets were often linked or tied together (as a book) which would protect the wax writing inside.
GREEK VASE CONSTRUCTION
Emily Ellison demonstrating construction of a Greek style vase.
STUDENTS at the Flood Gallery
DESIGN AN ANCIENT OR MEDIEVAL MASK: REQUIREMENTS
1. The mask should be easily identifiable from a period between the ancient and medieval periods 20,000 BCE-1500 AD (be careful NOT to choose a Renaissance mask or later) including Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Early Christian, Medieval, African, Mesoamerican, Chinese, Japanese, etc.
2. The mask should not be simple in shape but should include at least 4-5 strong protrusions (extends beyond the surface )(e.g., nose, ears, teeth (2 ears or teeth count as 1 protrusion), hair, horns, tongue, etc.).
3. The mask should only be constructed in papier-mache and string (for hair of Greek masks) and be large enough to cover your full face.
4. The mask should be intricately painted with at least 3-4 colors.
If you choose a GREEK MASK, it should have personality or express a clear emotion related to the character chosen.
If any mask is made in one color, it must be constructed more elaborately (i.e., you may need to continue working in papier-mâché the second workshop when others are painting; plan for something related to your mask that will keep you busy for the entire second workshop…e.g., hair or a head covering/hat or additional papier-mâché protrusions/details). If painted one color, make sure it is not white but gray or beige.
5. Paint the interior of the mask one color.
ART PROJECTS INSPIRED BY ART HISTORICAL ARTWORKS and RELATED TO CONTEMPORARY or PERSONAL INTERESTS:
SUBMIT an ARTWORK and a ONE-PAGE PAPER
If you chose to complete a 3D work, it should be smaller than 12 x 12 x 12” (no larger).
In the first half-page, discuss the artwork as shown in class addressing the cultural and historical context as well as the formal elements and function/use that make this work significant to the culture (including design, size, materials, etc.) and in the second half-page, clarify how your work both follows AND diverges from the chosen work. Make sure to address how your work relates to you or your life.