Secondary School Workshop (7-10 History)

VITAL VASES: The archaeology of ancient Greek ceramics

Get the whole class thinking like archaeologists! In this workshop students will explore one of the most important finds from the ancient world - pottery - and what it can tell us about the economic, social, political and cultural realities and experiences in ancient Greece. Students will explore the changing form, function and design of pottery from Neolithic pottery to the famous Red and Black figure vases, and learn about and practice some techniques used by archaeologists to examine ceramics.


Students will explore what picture of the past pottery reveals and contrast it with other art forms (such as sculpture) to evaluate its strengths and limitations as a primary source. Participants will be supported to handle ancient pottery and use their senses to interpret the artefacts and their socio-historical significance. The workshop will challenge students’ visual literacy skills, spur group discussion, critical historical inquiry and develop students’ abilities to draw conclusions based on primary source evidence.


Learning Areas: History, Visual Arts, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, English

Capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Capability, Intercultural Capability, Personal and Social Capability

Ideal for: Grades 7 – 10
Duration: 1.5 hours
Delivery: On-site at the Hellenic Museum

Classroom capacity: 30 students

Cost: $16 per student