Teaching Ideas

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • Imagine you are an archaeologist who has discovered this figure. Describe it in detail as if you were describing it over the phone to a friend.

  • Since so many of these objects remain today after thousands of years, they must have been important and well-cared for. Imagine you are a farmer on an island in the Aegean in 2000 B.C.E. What might this object represent to you?

  • The 20th-century British sculptor Henry Moore said "I love and admire Cycladic sculpture. It has such great elemental simplicity." Look at the folded arm figure. What do you think Moore meant by the phrase "elemental simplicity"?