Primary School Workshop

The Archaeology of Ancient Greek Ceramics

Get the whole class creative, crafty and 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 ancient societies. 

Students will explore the changing form, function and design of pottery from Neolithic pottery to famous Red and Black figure vases, and try techniques used by archaeologists to examine ceramics. Participants will be supported to handle ancient pottery and use their senses to interpret ceramics  and their socio-historical significance. To apply their learning, students will create their own vase design, using any ancient style they choose, and experiment with piecing together pot sherds (pieces) like archaeologists do. 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.

This workshop links with the following Victorian Curriculum F-10 Learning Areas and Capabilities:


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

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

Ideal for: Grades 1 – 6
Duration: 1.5 hours
Delivery: On-site at the Hellenic Museum

Classroom capacity: 25-30 students

Cost: $16 per student