What's Inside a Smartsbox?
Every Smartsbox delivers a carefully curated journey through a different period of art history.
Take a sneak peek inside our first Smartsbox:
Ancient Art Magazine: Every Smartsbox magazine is perfect-bound and has 40+ pages of high-quality content. Our first magazine explores the world of ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and the Middle Ages! Students get to:
- Learn about ancient classical art and architecture, including the Parthenon, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, the Colosseum, and more
- Discover fun facts about gladiators and medieval knights
- Learn the Rule of Thirds for drawing faces
- Color in an ancient mosaic
- Study medieval art and architecture, including illuminated manuscripts, Duccio's Maesta Altarpiece, and stained glass in Sainte-Chapelle
- Discover how ancient religious music paved the way for music today
- Read about ancient medieval instruments
- Learn about the famous medieval song Sumer is Icumen In
- Get to know Hildegard von Bingen, the famous music-writing nun
- Listen to religious chants from around the world
- Try a Medieval dessert recipe
Ancient Art Projects: Tucked inside your keepsake smartsy bag are the supplies you need to complete three projects:
- Tissue Paper Stained Glass: With the help of our nifty templates, students get to create their own stained glass window out of tissue, contact, and construction paper. These projects can be hung on a real window to create a colorful masterpiece!
- Homemade Illuminated Manuscripts: Students don the hat of a medieval monk and create their own aged manuscript. The process involves baking a tea-soaked paper template and illustrating it with paint and glitter.
- Ancient Greek Vase Silhouettes: Using our historically-accurate templates, students use orange paper to create a Greek vase shape. Then, like an ancient Greek artist, they draw inspiration from mythology to decorate the vase with patterns and figure silhouettes.
Essentials Timeline Poster & Sticker: The first box comes with our beautiful 11x17 timeline poster. As students complete the Essentials curriculum, they collect stickers to add to the poster and mark their progress.