Drawing Greek Vases with Patterns & Symmetry


Symmetry Drawing - Greek Vases and Patterns

How to Draw Greek Motifs and Make Greek Patterns



This bundle includes 2 lessons to add Greek patterns to symmetrical Greek vases. Students will learn the fundamental drawing strategies of using the 5 elements of shape and using a grid and line of symmetry as a guide to making a symmetrical drawing.

Learn how to draw Greek patterns that can be used for a Greek vase art lesson. Use repeated motifs from ancient Greece to create patterns. The worksheets are divided into 4 levels of difficulty to differentiate the drawing activities easily.

The Greek vase lesson includes some warm-up drawing activities along with how to draw Greek vases. Symmetry also may fit into your math curriculum and is a fun way to teach kids about the line of symmetry (or reflection). Students will draw a Greek vase, add patterns to the Greek vase, and a symmetrical design in the middle of the vase.


  • Ancient Greece
  • Drawing
  • Math

Your Students Will:

  • Learn about the 5 elements of shape.
  • Do drawing warm-ups with abstract shapes and Greek vases.
  • Make twin drawings of Greek motifs.
  • Create a pattern with Greek motifs.
  • Make a mystery drawing of a trireme ship.
  • Make symmetrical Greek vase.
  • Add patterns and a symmetrical design to the Greek vase.

What you Get in the GREEK MOTIF lesson: (click title for link)

  • Teacher Instructions (6 pages)
  • Drawing Warm-ups  (6 pages)
  • Twin Drawing Greek Motifs (5 pages)
  • Making Patterns (10 pages)
  • Mystery Drawing (5 pages)

>>>>> A total of 33 pages!

What You Get in the GREEK VASE lesson: (click title for link)

  • Teacher Instructions – (5 pages)
  • Greek Vase Warm-ups – (4 pages)
  • Greek Ornament Warm-ups – (6 page)
  • Amphora Vase (4 levels) – (5 pages)
  • Krater Vase (4 levels) – (5 pages)
  • Lydion Vase (4 levels) – (5 pages)
  • Student Handouts – (3 pages)
  • Pattern Ideas – (4 pages)
  • Vase Outline Pages – (10 pages)
  • Vases with Ornaments – (10 pages)

>>>>> A total of 57 pages!

In the 4 levels of drawing vases, students will:

  • Finish a symmetrical drawing with dotted lines as a guide.
  • Finish a symmetrical drawing with partial lines missing.
  • Finish a symmetrical drawing that is blank on one side.
  • Copy a symmetrical drawing on a blank symmetrical drawing sheet.

5 elements of shape:

  • Circles
  • Dots
  • Straight Lines
  • Curved Lines
  • Angled Lines

In this activity, students will use each of the “5 elements of shape” to finish the drawings to be symmetrical.

This lesson aligns with the book Drawing With Children by Mona Brookes. In her book, Mona Brookes teaches students to draw by using “5 elements of shape”. So if you are a homeschool parent using this book as part of your curriculum, this will fit right into your ancient history lessons.  


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