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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 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.