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Research ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and tell a wall story with an interesting crayon resist technique.
Wall paintings are an important aspect of ancient Egyptian art. They feature 2-dimensional drawings of gods and spirits that frequently decorated the walls of tombs. The simple shapes and lines were engraved in the stone walls and then painted with brilliant colors!
Through smaller symbols and images called hieroglyphics, ancient Egyptians told stories on these wall paintings. Research hieroglyphics with your classmates. Find commonly used symbols and their meanings.
Students use the symbols to illustrate a story of their own in a crayon resist drawing. Create symbols as needed to represent characters and events in the story. Start by drawing the hieroglyphics with Crayola® Classic Crayons on a sheet of heavy paper. Press firmly as you draw to create thick, solid lines.
Cover the work area with recycled newspaper and have a bowl with water handy to rinse paintbrushes. Younger students may wish to wear a Crayola Art Smock. Fill the drawing with bright colors, by painting over the crayon with Crayola Washable Watercolors. The waxy crayon will “pop” through the painted surface! Experiment with different amounts of water and paint for interesting effects.
Explore cultures through clothing, using a variety of Crayola Colored Pencils and construction paper to make 3-D models
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