Romans used the arch shape in most of their public buildings. Triumphant arches were built
to honor the great achievements of emperors and generals in Rome. Some of the arches
Arch of Titus
Arches of Constantine
Arch of Septimus Severus
Arch of Trajan
The arches varied in appearance. Some
were single while others have triple arches. They were usually decorated with pictures or
scenes. Columns were often part of the arch.
We built the arch above from a cereal
box. The arch shape was cut out of the box and the opening was taped closed with masking
tape. The arch was then painted with acrylic paint. We printed a picture of a relief and
pasted it above the arch. Columns were formed with dowels. The tops and bottoms of the
columns were formed with clay.