Introduce students to Egyptian life, including pyramids, tombs, carvings, hieroglyphics, and mummies.
Show example of an Egyptian figure and point out the way the feet and head face one direction and the shoulder and eye are facing another.
Have students stand and attempt to stand in this way so they know just how difficult this would really be. Egyptians thought this pose made the figure look more important.
Hand out examples of Egyptian figure drawings. Students will use these as inspiration for their drawings, making changes as they go. Add hieroglyphics around the figure.
Trace the drawing in black permanent marker.
The next step is to "age" the drawing so it appears ancient. Using a sponge, the students dip in to the gold and ochre paint and dab onto their drawings, being careful not to completely cover up their black lines. White is sponged to areas that are too dark.
Using watercolors, paint in areas, very subtly.
Story is glued to back when finished. Can be mounted or framed.
Simple Steps to Post on Board:
Draw with pencil.
Trace with marker.
Sponge very lightly with gold and ochre.
Sponge white to cover dark areas.
Watercolor using LOTS of water.
Link:Live cam of Egyptian pyramids (NOTE: The cam was taken off-line when the government collapsed in 2010. They have an archive of old pyramid images. The image on the bottom of this page is one I took from that cam.)
The Art of Ancient Egypt - This free online book is excellent and will give you many resources on Egypt and its art and culture.
The Ancient Egyptian Culture Revealed - This book reveals several aspects of the Ancient Egyptian culture, such as the very remote antiquities of Egypt; the Egyptian characteristics and religious beliefs and practices; their social/political system; their cosmic temples; the richness of their language; musical heritage and comprehensive sciences.
The Art of Ancient Egypt - Spanning three thousand years, this beautifully illustrated history offers a thorough and delightfully readable introduction to Egyptian artwork.