|Finished coin designs were mounted onto mat board,|
this helps to add stability to the flimsy metal and makes the pieces look more finished
(I referred to them as their "coin collections.").
Students researched Greek coins and looked at different artifacts and inspiration from ancient Greece and needed to come up with five coin designs. One design needed to have a plant or tree, one design needed to include a face or figure, and the third needed to depict a building. The other two designs were their choice. It is helpful to look at examples of real coins and note that they often include other information such as monetary value, country of origin, and possibly a slogan or motto.
Once the students were happy with their designs they could tool them onto the metal using a dull pencil--this creates a nice relief design. Finished coins were painted with watered-down tempera paint, and once dry, scrubbed lightly with steel wool to create an antique look and help define their designs.
The students had fun designing their own money and learned a great deal about ancient Greece at the same time! ENJOY!
|Here's part of the display featuring our finished "coin collections."|
|I really like the "I love art" commemorative coin on the right!|