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Subjects

  • Arts & Humanities
    Art History, Visual Arts
  • Social Studies
    World History

Grades

  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12
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Brief Description

Students follow four basic rules to draw like an Egyptian. Display students' paintings in a classroom art gallery.

Objectives

Students
  • explore samples of ancient Egyptian paintings in books and/or online.
  • review the four rules in the "draw like an Egyptian" activity.
  • create paintings that incorporate the four rules.

Keywords

painting, art, gallery, Egyptian, wig, clothing, jewelry, Egypt, ancient

Materials Needed[shopmaterials]

  • drawing paper
  • pencil
  • crayons

Lesson Plan

Begin this activity with the following instructions:
Egyptian art is plain and simple. You too can draw like an Egyptian by following the four easy rules. You need only a pencil, crayons, and unlined paper.

The Draw Like an Egyptian lesson (alternate source) is from the Ancient Egypt page of the Virtual Ancient Civilizations unit from Urbana (Illinois) Middle School.

If you would like to share with students some additional Egyptian painting resources, the following Web sites should be of use:

Assessment

Did students follow all four rules in this lesson? Rate how well students achieved each goal.

Lesson Plan Source

Urbana Middle School

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

National Standards

FINE ARTS: Visual Arts

  • GRADES K - 4
    NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
    NA-VA.K-4.3 Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas
    NA-VA.K-4.4 Understanding the Visual Arts In Relation to History and Cultures
    NA-VA.K-4.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines

    GRADES 5 - 8
    NA-VA.5-8.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
    NA-VA.5-8.3 Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas
    NA-VA.5-8.4 Understanding the Visual Arts In Relation to History and Cultures
    NA-VA.5-8.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines

    GRADES 9 - 12
    NA-VA.9-12.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
    NA-VA.9-12.3 Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas
    NA-VA.9-12.4 Understanding the Visual Arts In Relation to History and Cultures
    NA-VA.9-12.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines

SOCIAL SCIENCES: World History

  • GRADES 5 - 12
    NSS-WH.5-12.2 Early Civilizations and the Rise of Pastoral Peoples
    NSS-WH.5-12.3 Classical Traditions, Major Religions, and Giant Empires
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