Project: "Rome Through Art: Exploring Ancient Rome's Aesthetic and Creating Original Artworks"



Ancient Rome Art



Welcome to our project on Ancient Rome Art! Ancient Rome was a hub of creativity and innovation, and its art was a reflection of its culture, politics, and values. From grandiose sculptures to intricate mosaics, the art of Ancient Rome is a testament to its rich history and enduring legacy.

Roman art can be roughly divided into four periods: the Monarchy and Early Republic (circa 625‚Äď450 BCE), the Middle to Late Republic (450‚Äď27 BCE), the Early Empire (27 BCE‚Äď96 CE), and the Late Empire (96‚Äď476 CE). Each period had its own unique style and techniques, but they all shared certain characteristics that make Roman art instantly recognizable.

Throughout this project, you will get to explore the various forms of Roman art, understand their significance, and even try your hand at creating your own Roman-inspired artwork. By the end of this journey, you will have gained a deep appreciation for the art of Ancient Rome and the role it played in shaping Western art and culture.

Importance of Ancient Rome Art

The art of Ancient Rome was not just about aesthetics; it was a powerful tool for communication and propaganda. Roman art was used to convey messages about power, authority, and prestige. It was a way for the ruling elite to assert their dominance and affirm the values of the Roman Empire.

Roman art also had a significant influence on later Western art. Many of the techniques and styles developed by Roman artists were adopted and adapted by Renaissance and Baroque artists, and elements of Roman art can still be seen in contemporary art and architecture.

Understanding the art of Ancient Rome not only gives us insights into the past, but it also helps us appreciate the complex and multifaceted role that art plays in society.


To embark on this project, you can start by exploring the following resources:

  1. Khan Academy: Roman Art
  2. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Art of the Roman Empire
  3. The British Museum: Roman Art
  4. BBC Bitesize: Roman Art
  5. The Getty Museum: Roman Art

Use these resources as a starting point for your research. As you delve deeper into the world of Ancient Rome art, you may find other interesting sources that can enrich your understanding of this fascinating subject.

Practical Activity

Activity Title: "Rome Through Art: A Journey into Ancient Rome's Aesthetic"


The objective of this project is to learn about the art of Ancient Rome, understand its historical and cultural significance, and create an original piece of art inspired by Ancient Roman techniques and themes. This project will require students to conduct research, collaborate with their team, and apply their learning to a creative task.


In this project, groups of 3 to 5 students will embark on a journey into the art of Ancient Rome. Each group will be assigned a specific period of Roman art (Monarchy and Early Republic, Middle to Late Republic, Early Empire, or Late Empire). They will then research and study the art of that period, paying special attention to its techniques, style, themes, and its role in Roman society.

Using their research as a guide, each group will create a piece of art that is inspired by the art of their assigned period. The art piece should reflect the techniques, style, and themes of the chosen period, but it should also be original and unique to the group.

Necessary Materials

  1. Art supplies (such as paper, pencils, pens, paints, clay, etc.)
  2. Access to research materials (books, internet, etc.)
  3. Presentation materials (poster board, markers, etc.)
  4. Digital tools for presentation creation (such as PowerPoint, Google Slides, etc.)

Detailed Steps

  1. Research: Each group will start by conducting research on the art of their assigned period using the provided resources and any other reliable sources they find. They should take note of the key characteristics of the art of their period, its historical and cultural context, and its significance.

  2. Discussion and Planning: After completing the initial research, the group should discuss their findings and start brainstorming ideas for their own art piece. They should consider how they can incorporate the key characteristics of their period's art into their own creation.

  3. Art Creation: Once the group has a clear plan, they can start creating their art piece. This could be a painting, a sculpture, a mosaic, or any other form of art that they choose. They should document their creative process and make note of any challenges they encounter and how they overcome them.

  4. Presentation: After completing their art piece, the group will create a presentation to share their learning and their creation with the class. The presentation should include an overview of the art of their assigned period, a description of their art piece and how it reflects the characteristics of that period's art, and a reflection on their learning experience.

Project Deliverables

At the end of the project, each group will submit:

  1. Art Piece: The group's original piece of art inspired by their assigned period of Roman art.

  2. Presentation: A digital or physical presentation that includes an overview of their period of Roman art, a description of their art piece, and a reflection on their learning experience.

  3. Written Report: A comprehensive report detailing their research, their creative process, and their reflections. The report should be divided into the following sections:

    • Introduction: An overview of the theme, its relevance, and the objective of this project.

    • Development: A detailed account of the research conducted, the theory behind the art piece creation, the methodology used, and a discussion of the obtained results.

    • Conclusion: A summary of the work done, the learnings obtained, and the conclusions drawn about the art of Ancient Rome.

    • Bibliography: A list of all the sources used for the research and creation of the art piece.

This project will not only assess the students' understanding of Ancient Rome art but also their research skills, creativity, problem-solving abilities, and teamwork. It is a challenging but rewarding opportunity to delve into the fascinating world of Ancient Rome and its art.

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