written by Tabitha Ward
Concept: Ancient Egyptian artists used art to
immortalize their Kings.
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Scarab Paper Weights
Students will make paper weights depicting an Ancient Egyptian Symbol. Students will identify parts of an insect.
Small smooth stones, gold spray paint, felt pieces, fine point permanent markers.
Spray paint the stones using a gold color. Allow to dry. Show pictures of Egyptian scarab beetles. Discuss why the Egyptians believed they were good luck and used the scarab beetle symbol on articles that they wore. Tell students they can draw beetles or other insects on the gold stones using permanent markers. Discuss parts of the insect. Cut small circles, about the size of the stone and glue to the bottom.
Objective: Students will make a texture picture using sand. Students will identify various natural and manmade landmarks in Egypt.
Materials: Colored sand ( put in shakers ), poster board pieces aprox. 8"x6", white glue, spreaders such and popsicle sticks .
Discuss the difference between a natural and manmade landmark. Use examples such as the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty. Show various pictures of natural and manmade landmarks in Egypt. Have students draw one of the landmarks and surrounding environment on the poster board. Use crayons or colored pencils to add color. To add texture have students use glue where they would use sand and then sprinkle on some sand. Then repeat with another color. For a smooth even texture have students spread the glue before applying sand.
Objective: Students will identify the origin of papyrus paper. Students will write their name in hieroglyphics on a piece of faux papyrus.
Materials: Substitution for papyrus can include burlap pieces, untwisted raffia etc.
permanent markers if using burlap, hieroglyphics alphabet chart, pictures of the papyrus bush and papyrus art.
Discuss that papyrus bush and the process it goes through to become paper. Show pictures of Egyptian papyrus art. Tell students that they will use a substitute for papyrus. Have students find the letters in their name on a hieroglyphic alphabet chart. Students draw the pictures that represent the letters of their name. Use rubber cement to mount.
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Ancient Egypt Lesson Plans from the Detroit Institute of Art
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