This learning resource supports KS3 Art and Design students to critically analyse and evaluate portraiture from an uncommon perspective. They are encouraged to look at ancient Roman objects and National Portrait Gallery images.
Guidance for teachers
Teachers’ Notes – KS3 Art and Design – Portraits: ancient and more modern (PDF)
- includes delivery of the National Curriculum, content and learning objectives
Learning resources - Romans
Wallface Portraits Activity Worksheet (PDF)
- how has the artist used light and colour? What do they want to tell us about their sitter? How would you plan a portrait?
Roman Object images (PDF)
- including carvings of gods such as Sol, face pots and tombstones.
Roman Object – Remembrance Worksheet (PDF)
- how do we remember people who have died? Features images of Roma grave markers and tombstones.
Roman Object – Propaganda Worksheet (PDF)
- how do powerful people tell everyone else about themselves? Includes images and explanations of coins.
Roman Object – Coventina’s Well (PDF)
- more about the water goddess Coventina. Also covers how a well was discovered dedicated to her by Victorian miners. Includes a photo of the carved altar.
Roman Object – Artistic materials and skills (PDF)
- how do we make portraits? Includes examples of Roman stonework, clay and painted pictures.
3D Roman objects
Click the images below to examine them. You can zoom in and rotate the images:
This surviving Roman copper alloy mount, possibly from a piece of furniture. It shows the bust of a maenad coming out of a scallop shell. Maenads were the female followers of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine.