Art from ancient Egypt has a specific canon, which is easy to draw with clear directions. Many elementary students find ancient Egyptian culture fascinating, and this lesson plan describes how to make fake papyrus and draw in the ancient Egyptian style.
This zip download includes a lesson plan and 4 PowerPoint presentations that illustrate how to draw ancient Egyptian people: “Draw like an Egyptian: Face,” Draw like an Egyptian: Man Directions
and Draw like an Egyptian: Woman Directions
. The directions are easy to follow because they are step-by-step. After practicing how to draw, “Draw like an Egyptian: Scroll” will provide directions on how to draw an ancient style scroll.
This Egyptian art tutorial can be used as a teaching tool to practice drawing for a larger assignment, or it can be used on its own. Variations can be made to draw a pharaoh or Egyptian God by changing the headdress.
No preparation is necessary. Since the entire picture is illustrated one step at a time, this art project can be taught by non-art teachers or left with an art substitute teacher. This drawing activity could be used as part of a larger ancient history unit. For an easy introduction to ancient Egyptian art and history, check out From Ancient Egypt
Draw like an Egyptian: Demo
Anchor Standard 5: Develop and refine artistic techniques for work and presentation.
Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical
context to deepen understanding.
Lesson Objective: Students will be able to demonstrate the ancient Egyptian canon and utilize
Lesson Activity: Students make ancient Egyptian style drawings of people.
Materials: “Draw Like an Egyptian: Face,” “Draw Like an Egyptian: Man,” “Draw Like an
Egyptian: Woman,” sketchbooks, pencils, and erasers
Time: 3 Classes
Draw Like an Egyptian: Scroll
Anchor Standard 3: Refine and complete artistic work.
Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.
Lesson Objective: Students will be able to demonstrate the ancient Egyptian canon using proportion.
Lesson Activity: Students will make an ancient Egyptian style scroll.
Materials: 12x18” paper, sketch paper, diluted brown watercolor or tempera paint, 1-1.5” wide brushes, newspaper, pencils, permanent markers, paper to cover the tables, and colored pencils.
Time: 4-6 Classes