Study Roman mosaics, understand why, when and how the Romans created these and their significance in Roman society. Using stick-printing techniques, create their mosaic pictures, which make a truly impressive display.

Session 1 Exploring mosaics

Objectives

History

  • Understand how knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
  • Ask historically valid questions.
  • Learn about the Roman Empire and its impact/Romanisation of Britain.

Art

  • Understand the historical and cultural development of art forms (mosaics).
  • Explore ideas to improve mastery of art and design techniques (printing).

Teaching and Activities

Looking at examples of Roman mosaics and reading and learning about who had these and what they indicated about the owners place in society.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To investigate Roman mosaics, discovering where they have been found and what they depicted.
  • Understand the role of archaeologists in uncovering remains and how the past can be pieced together.
  • To explore and discuss mosaics as an art form brought to Britain by the Romans, looking particularly at borders.
  • To explore and develop different border patterns to use for a large printed mosaic.

Children will:

  • Know the significance of mosaics in Roman art.
  • Generate a repeating mosaic style pattern of coloured squares on a grid.

Provided Resources

  • Image showing a selection of simple L shaped border examples

You Will Need

  • Photographs or PowerPoint of finished printed mosaics
  • Strips of cm squared paper, 5 squares wide, including some L shaped pieces to design corners
  • Felt tip pens or coloured crayons
  • Access to the internet

Session 2 Developing technique

Objectives

History

  • Understand how knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
  • Ask historically valid questions.
  • Learn about the Roman Empire and its impact/Romanisation of Britain.

Art

  • Develop their technique (of printing) including their control and use of materials (printing block, roller and tray).

Teaching and Activities

Thinking about printing techniques and practising these as well as investigating further the importance of Roman mosaics to historians.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To review knowledge of Roman mosaics from the previous session and consider their importance to historians.
  • To develop and practise the technique of printing individual small squares using a printing stick.
  • To finalise their chosen border design.

Children will:

  • Print a neat repeating border design with good technique.
  • Understand how historians learn about the Romans through studying mosaics.

Provided Resources

  • 3 images of Roman mosaics depicting scenes
  • Instructions for printing a Roman mosaic style picture

You Will Need

  • Wooden printing sticks
  • Strips of black or brown sugar paper
  • Printing rollers
  • Trays
  • A selection of the finished border designs from last session

Session 3 Printing a border

Objectives

Art

  • Explore ideas to improve mastery of art and design techniques (printing).
  • Begin to evaluate and analyse their work.

Teaching and Activities

Studying the borders of mosaics, and starting to design a border for their own mosaic.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To perfect the technique of printing individual small squares and review progress, analysing style and technique.

Children will:

  • Make informed choices on colour and design based on prior knowledge and experience.
  • Print a neat repeating border design with good technique.
  • Evaluate and analyse their work and that of others.

You Will Need

  • Several photographs of completed printed mosaics
  • Visual access to the border-practice strips
  • Wooden printing sticks some with a smaller end
  • Printing rollers and trays
  • White pencil crayons
  • Some card border templates (60cm x 9cm)
  • A large sheet of sugar paper per child (60cm x 45cm)

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.

Session 4 Researching Roman mosaics

Objectives

History

  • Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
  • Ask historically valid questions.
  • Learn about the Roman Empire and its impact/Romanisation of Britain.

Teaching and Activities

Carrying our further research into the different types of Roman mosaic and what they depicted.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To research and discover information on Roman mosaics and present it effectively.

Children will:

  • Carry out further investigations into Roman mosaics, looking at different types and relating these to their different locations, content and functions.
  • Select and record some facts about a chosen mosaic, relating these to its content, location and function.

You Will Need

  • Access to computers and reference books

Session 5 Designing and printing a central motif

Objectives

Art

  • Explore ideas to improve mastery of art and design techniques (printing).
  • Begin to evaluate and analyse their work.

History

  • Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

Teaching and Activities

Designing a Roman-style mosaic and using printing techniques practised earlier to create their own mosaic.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To design a central motif for a printed mosaic and to evaluate the finished piece.
  • To review knowledge of Roman mosaics and consider their importance to historians.

Children will:

  • Design and finish printing a large scale mosaic style picture.
  • Evaluate the finished work and plan how to exhibit it to a wider audience.

You Will Need

  • 3 photographs of completed printed mosaics
  • A completed printed mosaic style border
  • Sketch books
  • Wooden printing sticks
  • Some printing sticks with a smaller end
  • Printing rollers
  • Trays, poster paint