Gold and Black Greek Vases

Greek+UrnI actually ran out of drawing paper recently and tried out this food wrap (dry wax paper) that was left over from an old project. It makes for a very “breezy” painting that looks very delicate.
1. Students fold their 12″ x 12″ food wrap paper in half and crease. With a pencil, they could draw half of a large vase, preferably using up as much of the paper as possible. When complete, they traced it with a large, chisel-tip black Sharpie. With the paper still folded, they turned it over to see the lines showing through and traced again. When complete, the opened vase drawing should be symmetrical.
2. Students filled in their vases with decorations of the country, with either figures or plants. I asked them to draw lots of images, trace them carefully with the black Sharpie. Once completed, the negative space around them could be filled in black.
3. When the vase was all colored in, gold tempera paint was spread over the entire vase, but not the background. I had thirty 5th graders do this in 45 minutes, all with really bold and shimmery finishes.

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  1. Did this with 3rd graders today. Took a lot of discussion and demonstration, but they are really happy with the results!

  2. Colleen

    This looks great! What is food wrap paper exactly? Is it the same as butcher paper? I don’t think it’s saran wrap or wax paper. Let me know. We are excited to do this project with our 2nd grade class! Thanks.

  3. Kathy Barbro

    Hi Colleen,
    It’s called Dry Wax Paper and it’s the stuff that goes under most pizzas and other hot, greasy food. sells it if you have trouble finding it.

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