Rick Steves Art: Prehistoric & Ancient | Watch & Wonder Weekly Highlight

Friday, June 2, 1 PM

For next week’s Watch & Wonder Highlight, we’re thrilled to feature the special Rick Steves Art: Prehistoric & Ancient. After watching, dive deeper with resources about the diversity of artistic forms from Ancient Greece on PBS LearningMedia.

In this hour-long special, see how as the Ice Age glaciers melted, European civilization was born—and with it, so was art. From the Stone Age came prehistoric art: mysterious tombs, mighty megaliths, and vivid cave paintings. Then the Egyptians and the Greeks laid the foundations of Western art—creating a world of magical gods, massive pyramids, sun-splashed temples, and ever-more-lifelike statues.

PBS LearningMedia

Art from Ancient Greece

Grades 6-12
The arts from of Ancient Greek civilization were widely influential across much of the Mediterranean world. The style of sculpture, fresco, and architecture developed in Greece was copied by later civilizations like the Romans. Indeed, of the many ancient artistic artifacts that exist today, some of the most well-known are Greek.

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