Ancient Greek Art & Architecture Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Teachers, this lesson will explore Grecian art and architectural styles. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete a paper mache Grecian art structure and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain the history of Greek art and architecture
  • Identify the three types of Grecian architectural styles
  • Create a paper mache Grecian structure


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).



  • amphorae
  • golden ratio
  • Doric order
  • entablature
  • Parthenon
  • capitals
  • prolific
  • kiln-fired
  • Ionic order
  • Corinthian order


  • Prior to the start of this lesson, assign the vocabulary words and review in class.
  • Then begin the lesson by asking students to recall one of Greece's most famous contributions to the world. Allow students to respond.
  • Afterwards distribute a copy of the Ancient Greek Art & Architecture lesson and tell students they are going to learn about Greek art and architecture.
  • Also, explain that while they watch the video, they should follow along with the hard copy and highlight each vocabulary word discussed earlier.
  • Start the Ancient Greek Art & Architecture video, pause at 0:55, then pose the following questions:
    • Describe the influence of Grecian art as explained in the lesson.
    • Now brainstorm and suggest other areas that are influenced by Grecian art.
  • Restart the video and pause at 03:24.
  • Shoulder pair students and assign the following questions:
    • Why were the Greeks considered some of the world's best pottery artists?
    • What was the name of the vases used to transport wine and liquid?
    • Name another profitable purpose of these vases.
  • Allow students to share their responses, then reconvene the class and start the video.
  • Pause the video at 06:17, and using the same shoulder partners, ask these questions:
    • Name and explain the three architectural styles created by the Greeks.
    • What was the Parthenon, and what is it compared to in today's time?
    • Based on the explanation in the video, which one of the three Grecian styles do you like? Explain.
  • Require each pair to share their responses, then reconvene the class and play the remainder of the video.
  • Afterwards, assign the lesson quiz to confirm understanding.

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