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Hanging Gardens of Babylon

Ancient Bas-Relief Sculpture

Created by Lee-Jean Lin

February 2023


Inspired by examples of ancient bas-relief, this low-relief sculpture project will introduce students to the story of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and bas-relief. They will create their own version of bas-relief on a tile to mimic ancient artifacts discovered in the garden site.


• Students will learn about the history of bas-relief

• Student will learn the process involving low-relief sculpture

• Students will create a low-relief sculpture using modeling clay on ceramic tiles


Bas-relief (Low Relief): To create a sculpture in relief is to give the impression that the sculpted material has been raised above the background. There are different degrees of relief depending on the degree of projection of the sculpted form from the field. The full range includes high, mid, or low relief. Bas-relief is a projecting image with a shallow overall depth. Small variations in depth register as a three-dimensional image.

Balance: Balance can be either symmetrical, asymmetrical, or radial. Balance also refers to a sense that dominant focal points don’t give a feeling of being pulled too much to any specific part of the artwork. Balance can be achieved by the location of objects, volume, or sizes of objects, and by color.

Composition: It is the placement or arrangement of visual elements or ingredients in a work of art, as distinct from the subject of a work. It can also be thought of as the organization of the elements of art.

Texture: Texture is one of the elements of design. Texture is the surface quality of a shape – rough, smooth, soft hard glossy etc. Texture can be physical (tactile) or visual.


  • Daltile white tile 4.25” X 4.25”

  • White Model Magic 0.5 oz

  • Chromacryl Acrylic Paint: Yellow Oxide ½ teaspoon

  • Blickrylic: White pea size

  • Souffle cups with lids: • ¾” for white paint and a very small amount of tacky glue • 1” for yellow oxide paint

  • Roller: Rolling pin, pvc pipe, etc.

  • Kitchen sponge cube 1” X 1” X 2”

  • Dry wax deli paper: 1 sheet per student

  • Toothpicks or pop sticks

  • Tacky glue

  • Stick for applying glue: coffee stir, thin popsicle, etc.

  • Pencil

  • Paint brush (medium)

  • Scissors

  • Resource Images


    Hanging Gardens Video


    ▪ Hanging Gardens Powerpoint

    ▪ Hanging Gardens Lesson Plan

    ▪ Hanging Gardens Labels

    Resourse Images