This is a SUPER easy art project that all the kids are successful with. All you need is the following materials to make this happen...
This may be subject to change but it is the basic idea.
gold wrapping paper
copies of Egyptian coloring pages
pencil/something to trace
Have the kids Tape down gold paper onto cardboard. Each kid should have tape to hold down their coloring page onto the gold paper. Remind them that the paper CANNOT move once they have started. If your class does not want to use the sharpies, you can just turn the gold paper upside down so the image will be raised.
Have them trace over the lines of the coloring page with pressure. This will leave an imprint of the lines on the gold paper. Once they have completely traced the picture, then they should take off the coloring page. They will be able to see the lines of the picture in the gold paper. Have them use a sharpie and trace over those lines in black. You should end up with something that looks like this (yes, a kid did this!).
This is an example of the slide show and the project that we are going to do. We will have a meeting on Friday, January 17th @ 1:30 in the Library.
Symbols - a familiar object that has greater
meaning.Can you figure out what this
says?It says “I Love You.”
Hieroglyphics - Egyptians used symbols and pictures
to represent different objects, actions, sounds or ideas. These symbols are
called hieroglyphs.We only have 26
letters in our alphabet, but there were thousands of hieroglyphics.This is one way to spell “I Love You” in
Ancient Egyptian art is characterized by the depiction of gods, humans,
heroic battles, animals, and nature.Clear and simple lines combined with simple shapes, symbols, and
flat areas of color helped to create a sense of order and balance.
Ancient Egyptian art was created using media ranging from specialized
paper, stone, clay and metals.
Egypt is a country in Northern Africa.A large river called the River Nile flows through the country into the
Mediterranean Sea and ancient Egyptians lived along the banks of this river.
Egypt is mainly made up of hot deserts and receives little rainfall. Without
the River Nile, the area would be entirely desert.
Historians believe the hot dry climate of Egypt has helped with the natural
preservation of ancient artwork.
The Great Pyramid at Giza in Egypt is the world’s largest stone
structure.It has more then 2 million
stones and the base is about 12 acres or roughly 12 football fields!
Many of the pyramids and structures in ancient Egypt housed burial
tombs.The Egyptians decorated these
tombs with wall paintings and writings filled with symbols telling
stories about the person’s life and family.The chambers were filled with precious gold vases, statues, shrines,
jewels and other items that were important to the person.This picture shows the interior of King Tut’s
Have you ever heard of King Tut?He is known as the “Boy King”.He
became King of Egypt when he was only 9 years old!His tomb was discovered in 1922, about 3000
years after he died.It was filled with
Sculptures were built to represent gods and pharaohs and their queens,
usually for open areas in or outside temples. Materials include limestone,
alabaster, sandstone, wood (cedar and sycamore), copper, and granite.Sculptures were stiff, formal, and solemn.There were very strict rules when it came to
sculptures.For nearly 3000 years these
rules were followed so strictly there was little change in the appearance of
sculptures and statues.
The Great Sphinx of Giza was built around 2500 B.C. and was carved out of
limestone.The body is that of a resting
lion and the upper body and head is that of a man.Facing due East, it aligns with the rising
sun each morning.
Hieroglyphics were carved into stone, painted on walls, and written
on special paper (next slide).
This is a piece of a door from a tomb showing a person sitting at a table
with bread.Above the table there are
inscriptions and symbols of important items in his tomb, such as
incense, eye-paint, wine and important dates.
The direction of hieroglyphics can be read from left to right, top to
bottom or the other way around. This depends on where the symbols are facing.
If the symbols are facing right then reading is done from right to left and so
Egyptians made their own paper called Papyrus (pronounced “pu – pie –
rus”).Papyrus is the oldest writing
material that is in existence today, dating back at least 5,000 years. In fact,
the very word "paper" is derived from its name.
This type of paper is formed by laying thin strips of plant stalk in horizontal
and vertical (crosswise) layers. The ancient Egyptians used papyrus to make
others things, such as baskets, sandals, mats, and rope.
Hieroglyphics were written on papyrus using a type of pen and
ink.The pens were thin sharp reeds and
the ink was made from plants which they crushed and mixed with water.
Egyptians painted on papyrus and stone walls.Figures in the paintings always looks flat
and strange because they are always painted in a particular way.Heads and lower bodies are painted looking
sideways while the upper body faces forward.
Paint was made from local raw materials so there were only 8 colors. Color
was applied in flat tones - strict rules often applied to the use of a
particular color for particular purpose. For example, men's skin was colored
red while women's was yellow.
Ancient Egyptian potters crafted some truly fascinating pottery and ceramic
objects.The Egyptians used clay to make
their pottery and were the first to use a potters wheel.Egyptian pottery was used for everyday use
including cooking, storage, and shipping.Pots like these were narrower at the bottom then at the top so people
could set them firmly in the sand.
Pottery was also used in burial tombs.Statues, figurines, and other important objects would be placed in the
chamber to protect and help the deceased person in the afterlife.Notice again, the hieroglyphics on
these small figurines.
Egyptians used various types of metals such as bronze, iron, gold, silver,
and copper.Metals were used to make
objects such as spearheads, weapons, statues, helmets, beads, jewelry, coins,
Of these metals, the most important for the upper class was gold.Goldsmiths would make faces and masks and
often paint intricate designs on the face or color the eyes. These are commonly
found in burial tombs.
Tut’s burial mask was made of several layers of gold.There are 10 lines of hieroglyphics on
the back which describe different parts of his body, his connection to gods and
goddesses, and how he is to be protected in the afterlife
Today we will “engrave” gold metal foil sheets.We’ll trace some simple outlines onto the
metal, and then decorate it with details and patterns.
You can even make up your own Egyptian symbols!
A picture of King Tut’s sarcophagus (a type of coffin) inspired this art
Here is a link to an interesting video on Pharaohs.