When I was researching Egyptian art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, I was struck by all the birds in the various tomb paintings. I’m so glad I went with this as a project because the kids found them really beautiful and engaging. The sixth graders at our school study ancient Egypt, so this project is a great tie in to the social studies curriculum.
We start by talking about the role of birds in ancient Egypt, how they made paint, and what the different colors represented. We look at pictures of birds in paintings on the walls of tombs, and students enjoy having a choice of 15 different birds to draw-- including ducks, geese, the falcon, heron, ibis, ostrich, owl, stork, pelican shrike, turtle dove, and vulture.
Included in this 29-page project are a detailed photo tutorial of each step, step-by-step directions for drawing a bird as well as gridded line drawings of 15 birds based on Egyptian tomb paintings, and techniques for working with chalk pastels. Check out the student gallery to see the stunning student artwork!
Supplies needed: pencils, black fine point Sharpies, pastel paper (such as Canson Mi-Teintes or Pacon Tru Ray construction paper), chalk pastels, oil pastels, and fixative (optional).
The 29-page project includes:
-Project Overview + Learning Objectives
-Fun Facts About Ancient Egypt Birds + Paint
-Recommended Books + Supplies
-Photo Tutorial for Drawing and Adding Color
-Chalk Pastel Techniques
-Student Gallery, Grades 5-6
-Reference Photos of Ancient Egyptian Birds
-15 Gridded Line Drawings of Birds
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