First, briefly introduce vases and vase painting, the project,
the tile, your goals, and your tools and procedures. Set the
stage for your answers to the questions below. Make sure that
a stranger could understand your assignment.
How well did this work for you? Which tools did you use?
How did the different tools work? Did the tile become harder
and smoother? What problems did you encounter? Was the
burnished surface pretty? Useful? Was the burnished tile
easy to work with?
2. Putting the image on the clay
Did the image transfer well? Did you incise or draw well
enough to see the image clearly, or did you press too deeply
or too shallowly? Was it difficult later in the process to paint
on top of drawn or incised lines or to see the lines through
the Black Figure silhouette?
3. Creating Black Figure
Could you see the design below the black top coat? As you
incised into the silhouette with the needle, did pieces of clay
peel up or clog your line? Could you create fine designs? Were
the results what you had hoped?
4. Creating Red Figure: How skilled were you?
Could you paint as well as you wanted to? Did you have
difficulty painting fine lines? Did you keep within the lines
when painting the black background and avoid crossing over
into the interior of the firgure(s)?
Conclusion: Comparing Black and Red Figure
Which do you prefer? From the perspective of first a viewer
and secondly an artist (from “just looking” at each style, and
also from having carried out the process yourself ), which style
do you prefer? If you were an ancient Athenian, would you
have chosen to switch from Black Figure to the Red Figure
style for all major painted pots from about 500 b.c.e. on?
Be sure to pay attention to the Grading Rubric.
(Greek Vase Painting Project
The Archer School for Girls
Los Angeles, California)
Care and attention to detail 10 points ____
Black Figure correctly executed 10 points ____
Red Figure correctly executed 10 points ____
Just for trying! 10 points ____
Introduction 10 points ____
1. Burnishing 10 points ____
2. Putting the image on the clay 10 points ____
3. Creating Black Figure 10 points ____
4. Creating Red Figure 10 points ____
Comparing BF and RF 10 points ____
Total points ____/ 100
Explanation of write-up point system
10—Your description of the goals and steps you took is clear.
Results are fully described. No mind-reading by the teacher
9—Your description of the goals and steps you took is usually
clear. Results are well described. Minimal mind-reading
8—Some areas of your descriptions and conclusions still
7—Sections are unclear because of missing information.
6—Insufficient information is provided in many places.
5 and below—Unfinished to varying degrees.
Archaeological Institute of America