As a child going to Greek school, I never realized that there were Greek artists. Greek art for me, and I believe many who grew up Greek-American, consisted of ancient Greek temples, pottery, Byzantine iconography and portraits of the heroes of the Greek revolution (who can forget Bouboulina on the boat, or Kolokotronis on the horse). There was just never enough time in class to talk about "modern" Greek artists, and their contributions to Greece. To be honest, I didn't know much myself until I stumbled upon the National Gallery of Greece's website a few years ago. They have a wonderful site that allows you to see theirpermanent collection along with biographies of the artists. Since then, I have been hooked! I include art from the National Gallery and the Benaki Museum in my class all the time. Let me give you an example:
The image above is used when I present my lesson on the four seasons. There is so much for the kids to look at... what is each person holding? What are the differences? Can they tell what season each person represents? What are some things that are around them that gives clues? What are the seasonal fruit in Greece? You will be amazed at the response you get, and the kids will remember the artwork and the artist. Not only that, in your lesson you have discussed clothing, colors, fruit, and flowers!
According to Richard Kessler, executive director of the Center for Arts Education in New York City "research shows that children who spend time in school doing visual art, performing music or dance or even acting in a ply gain a whole set of creative and analytical skills that are quickly disappearing from the rest of the curriculum." Why not cultivate these skills in our children by showing them what talent Greece has to offer! Show your child Greek art, teach them a Greek dance, encourage them to learn Greek songs and poetry. It will be a memorable experience for both you and your child.
Last Friday at Greek School we learned the letter Κκ. K is always a great letter to learn because it becomes Karagiozis day. The kids really enjoy looking at the different "figoures" and making their own Karagiozi to take home. Here are some Karagiozi resources for you to join in the fun.
Ο υψωθείς εν τω Σταυρώ.Των ουρανίων στρατιών Αρχιστράτηγοι, δυσωπούμεν υμάς ημείς οι ανάξιοι, ίνα ταις υμών δεήσεσι τειχίσητε ημάς, σκέπη των πτερύγων, της αΰλου υμών δόξης, φρουρούντες ημάς προσπίπτοντας, εκτενώς και βοώντας, εκ των κινδύνων λυτρώσασθε ημάς, ως Ταξίαρχοι, των άνω Δυνάμεων.
Κοντάκιον. Ήχος β’. Αρχιστράτηγοι Θεού, λειτουργοί θείας δόξης, των ανθρώπων οδηγοί, και άρχηγοι Ασωμάτωv, το συμφέροv ημίv αιτήσασθε, και το μέγα έλεος, ως τωv Ασωμάτων Αρχιστράτηγοι.
Hymn to the Archangels - (Troparion) "O Leaders of the heavenly armies, although we are always unworthy, we ask you that with your prayers you may circle us with the protection of the wings of your angelic glory. Watch over us as we bow low and earnestly cry out to you: “Deliver us from trouble, O Princes of the heavenly armies.”
Aesop's Fables are a big hit in my class. By retelling them and acting them out we build our vocabulary and have lots of fun.
Fox and Crow Story in card formatfrom Ε.ΔΙΑ.Μ.ΜΕ
The originals are two sided with one side having a picture and the back having the story to read to the kids. Print out both sets and paste them together to get the same effect. Please note that there are some with no words on the back because they do not go with the story, but are meant the get the kids thinking about what is wrong with the picture. These cards are labeled with a number and a letter, where the ones that go along with the story are labeled with only a number.