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Explore the rich visual culture of ancient Egypt! Create a captivating multimedia portrait in historic Egyptian style.
How do we know what life was like thousands of years ago? With some cultures, there are many clues left behind. Ancient Egypt's material culture (artifacts, objects) is very elaborate and well preserved. So much original art has been found. Egyptologists have learned a lot about daily life in this civilization from the art and other objects.
Ancient Egyptian artists apparently liked to portray people to the subject's best advantage. Therefore, they drew a person's profile as well as a side view of the hips, legs, and feet. The rest of a person was shown straight on---a frontal view of the eyes, shoulders, and chest. What are your best sides?
Have students sketch a head in the ancient Egyptian style with Crayola® Metallic Colored Pencils on construction paper.
The Egyptians cared about their personal appearance and cleanliness. Both men and women wore make-up: eye shadow, painted lips, and fingernails. Perhaps the cosmetics protected people from the sun, sand, and infection. Fill in cosmetic details in the portrait with Crayola Gel Markers.
Egyptian clothing was made from simple fibers, usually flax (linen). Show this fabric on the subject's shoulders.
Both men and women adorned themselves with jewelry: earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings. These were made from a variety of metals, colored beads, and semi-precious stones. Amulets were worn as protection against illness. Add ornamentation to the picture with decorative craft items (use recycled jewelry if possible). Attach with Crayola School Glue. Lay flat to air dry.
Use Crayola Glitter Glue to add final decorative touches. Air dry flat.
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