Gods, Heroes and Monsters: Mythology in European Art Lesson Plan



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J. Paul Getty Museum
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Gods, Heroes and Monsters: Mythology in European Art Lesson Plan


Sculpting a Modern Hero


Grades: Middle School (6–8)

Subjects: Visual Arts, History—Social Science
Time Required: 3–5-part lesson

3–4 class periods

Author: J. Paul Getty Museum Education Staff
Lesson Overview

Students will examine the sculpture of the Greek hero Herakles (Hercules to the Romans) and discuss what it means to be a hero in ancient Greece and today. They will then choose a modern hero and create a sculpture that expresses the hero’s identity and attributes.


Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

- discuss how heroes were depicted and what it meant to be a hero in ancient Greece.

- describe the characteristics of modern-day heroes and explain what it is that makes them heroes.

- create a clay sculpture of a modern hero using attributes to communicate information about their subject.




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