Sunday, January 15, 2012

Greek Coins

This week we studied the history of Greek coins, including their present involvement in the Euro. The students first drew their own coin designs using ancient Greek coins as inspiration. On Thursday, they created the coins  above using polymer clay and gold/silver paint, practicing relief sculpting and mold making skills. Some students turned their coins into necklaces. This is something that is commonly done with ancient Greek coins, as they are the only ancient Greek artifacts that can still be bought and sold.


  1. Carolina, What did you use for resources? Web or books? I like this and would like to know more about how you presented the lesson. Thanks, Frances

  2. That's interesting Carolina. Art interests me, but I am only a beginner at the grand age of 72, so if I follow your blog I hope to learn more - Dave

  3. Frances, I had seen the Roman lesson plans done before. I know there is one in our art books at school that are relief sculptures done of clay. However, when I researched coins, I noticed that the Greeks got the idea from the Lydians. So, I thought it was more fitting to research the history of Greek coins. That was all web based and a history book. As far as the polymer clay coin go, I wanted my students to see how art can be replicated by the use of molds. So, we made a few coins and then made molds of the best ones. The students then choose which one they wanted to replicate.

    Congratulations, Dave. I hope you continue to be inspired.