Ancient Egypt is part of the sixth grade social studies curriculum at our school, and this project is a great tie in. Egyptian mythology is a rich subject, and the kids enjoy picking a god or goddess to draw.
We learn about frontalism, and how ancient Egyptian draftsmen drew using a grid. This lesson covers how to introduce a gridded drawing to students, and how to help them draw their god or goddess with the correct proportions.
After the drawings are complete, the kids do a warm-up activity to learn how to work with oil pastels and create beautiful color gradations.
Included in this project are gridded line drawings of 12 gods and goddesses, descriptions of each, a handout on ancient Egyptian patterns, a step-by-step drawing guide, and an oil pastel warm-up sheet.
Supplies needed: colored oil pastels, black oil pastels for each student, 9 x 12” pastel paper (or white or tan construction paper), pencils, and rulers (optional).
The 31-page project includes:
-Project Overview + Learning Objectives
-Fun Facts About Ancient Egyptian Mythology
-Word Wall (with Definitions) + Supplies
-Photo Tutorial for Drawing Using the Grid Method
-Photo Tutorial for Oil Pastel Techniques
-Helpful Tips + Possible Extensions
-Student Gallery, Grades 5-6
-Reference Photos of Ancient Egyptian Gods and Goddesses
-How to Draw a God or Goddess, Step-by-Step
-List and Description of 12 Gods and Goddesses
-Gridded Line Drawings of 12 Gods and Goddesses: Anubis, Apis, Bastet, Heqet, Khnum, Nikhbet, Ra, Sekhmet, Seth, Sobek, Thoth, Wenut
-Ancient Egyptian Pattern Hand-out
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