I didn't plan to blog today, but I've been inspired to by a session on animating ancient vases this morning with Sonya Nevin!
This was the session I mentioned previously, when I blogged last week. It's the second of two sessions where the Myths and Mythology class I'm currently teaching at Roehampton joined the weekly Our Mythical Childhood seminar in Warsaw.
|Vase animation-linked activities in action, from the|
Panoply vase animation pages on the
Our Mythical Childhood website here
It is possible, as Sonya set out, to explore different perspectives on vases, to think in fresh ways about what people think they know or see - and the there is potential too for using vases in activities beyond the Higher Education classroom, for example with children and with displaced people.
|Further examples of Panoply-inspired creativity|
- also from the Our Mythical Childhood website here
I commented in the zoom chat that I could see potential for using the animation in activities with autistic children. At the same moment, independently, one of the Warsaw students said that she would like to use the animations with autistic children. We have arranged to follow up!
The possibilities, I would say, for dealing with issues like anxiety, empathy and emotions is huge. As Sonya set out, activities linked with the animations can include looking at vases from different characters's point of view. In the case of the Boar vase, this could be the queen, or Eursytheus, or as I suggested - on the day when new UK legislation acknowledging that animals can feel pain and joy has been announced - the point of view of the Boar.
For more on the Boar animation - and for other animations, including the extraordinary Sappho animation, visit the Panoply site here or the Our Mythical Childhood Panoply page here. The Our Mythical Childhood webpage is here.
Coming back to the vase I have written about in my previous two postings - the one where Herakles is being brought by Athena to Zeus - Sonya mentioned during the session an activity I tried out in class several years ago where students story-boarded that vase. The side they story-boarded, however, was the other side, the side where Athena is coming out of the head of Zeus while a third figure - Hephaistos? Hermes? Prometheus? - moves away with an axe:
|Sixth century BCE lip cup now in the British Museum. |
Image source and further details here
I know that, somewhere, I have the story-boards the students created. For now, here is one of them along with what I wrote in a learning and teaching portfolio I was creating at the time, in 2015:
|Sonya (left) and me (right) at a myth and education conference in |
Cambridge in February 2020, the last time we met in person before lockdown...