Ancient Worlds and World Cultures

The following topics provide plenty of starting points and inspiration for art projects. Looking at art from Ancient history and cultures around the world can deepen children’s knowledge and understanding of how people lived during these times and in different parts of the world. They can make meaningful comparisons with the lives that we lead today, and develop an understanding of cultures and attitudes in present day societies.

QCA schemes

Almost any of the units for art and design can be adapted to suit these topics:

Unit 6A. Why have people invaded and settled in Britain in the past? A Roman case study
Unit 14. Who were the ancient Greeks?
Unit 15. How do we use ancient Greek ideas today?
Unit 16. How can we find out about the Indus Valley civilisation?
Unit 10. What can we find out about ancient Egypt from what has survived?

Teachers TV

Primary Cross Curricular - Ancient Greece: A Cross-Curricular Approach
15 minutes
Year 4 pupils visit the British Museum to study Ancient Greece

NSEAD units of work

Large scale Stone Age paintings
Meager, Stone Age, painting, paint, brushes, primitive, animal, cave

Jewellery, plaster casting and the Celts
Ashfield, Celts, Celtic, animals, pattern, Mabinogion, clay, jewellery, plaster casting , incising, casts, relief tiles, Myths and Legends, Book of Kells, Ireland , Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Elizabethans, Victorians

Aboriginal daydream
Hay, Australia, Aboriginal, dreams, painting, abstract, symbol, symbolism, narrative, journey, bark painting, colour, colour, mark-making, pattern, shape

Aboriginal art - using glue and sand
Intermediate | Evans, pattern, culture, abstract, image, motif, symbol, line, shape, sand, Australia, Aboriginal, glue