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					Emily Allbery

                     Carve Like An Egyptian
grade: 1st & 2nd

Project Objective:

       What: Artists will carve and paint their very own Egyptian tablet.

       How: The base of the tablet will be plaster of paris set in the bottom of a

       cardboard shoebox. The artists will carve their design into the almost-

       hardened plaster tablet. They will the then paint with watercolors over top of the

       carvings to create a relief tablet that resembles wall reliefs.

       Why: Artists are going to create a wall relief-like tablet that echo’s the

       insides of Ancient Egyptian tombs. This will not only introduce an ancient form

       of art and expression but it will also get the artists acquainted with alternative

       materials that they might not already be comfortable with.

Academic Content Standards:

Students will be given the opportunity to:

       Historical, Cultural and Social Contexts

       Students understand the impact of visual art on the history, culture and

       society from which it emanates. They understand the cultural, social and

       political forces that, in turn, shape visual art communication and expression.

       Students identify the significant contributions of visual artists to cultural heritage.

       They analyze the historical, cultural, social and political contexts that influence

       the function and role of visual art in the lives of people.

                Benchmark A: Identify art forms, visual ideas and images and
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      describe how they are influenced by time and culture.

                      Grade One:

                      2. Observe different styles of art from selected cultures and

                      point out how artists use lines, shapes, colors and textures.

                      Grade Two:

                      2. Use historical artworks such as paintings, photographs

                      and drawings to answer questions about daily life in the past.

      Creative Expression and Communication

      Students create artworks that demonstrate understanding of materials,

      processes, tools, media, techniques and available technology. They understand

      how to use art elements, principles and images to communicate their ideas in a

      variety of visual forms.

                Benchmark A: Demonstrate knowledge of visual art materials,

      tools, techniques and processes by using them expressively and


                      Grade Two:

                      1. Demonstrate increasing skill in the use of art tools and


                Benchmark B: Use the elements and principles of art as a means

      to express ideas, emotions and experiences.

                      Grade One:

                      3. Use selected art elements and principles to express a

                      personal response to the world.
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       1. To become somewhat familiar with Egyptian culture and how they used the

           materials that they had.

       2. To introduce a new type of material, an alternative to paper.

       3. To experiment with a type of relief that is much safer for the age group than

           say a woodcut.

Interdisciplinary Information/Connection

       This lesson incorporates the content standards for Social Studies and a social

studies teacher would be able to tie in this lesson with their curriculum on other cultures.


Students use materials drawn from the diversity of human experience to analyze and

interpret significant events, patterns and themes.

       C. Compare daily life in the past and present demonstrating an understanding

       that while basic human needs remain the same, they are met in different ways in

       different times and places.


5lbs. of plaster of paris
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7 shoeboxes ( or one for every 2 artists)

Watercolor palettes


Small cups for brushes (enough for each artist)

Raisins (enough for each artist)

Pre-Class Preparations:

       1. Mix plaster of paris. Pour into the tops and bottoms of the shoeboxes to let

          set over night.

       2. Cover tables with newspaper and set out watercolor palettes.

       3. Decorate room. Paint life size mummy coffin and Egypt.

Stimulation Presented

       Class will start off with us introducing Egypt and where it is located. We will have

the baby swimming pool filled with sand so they can feel what it would have been like to

walk around in Egypt. Sara will then go over ancient hieroglyphics and explain what

they were used for. And her lesson will be the prequel to the carving lesson. We will

also have raisins for the kids to eat to symbolize dates that they used to eat in Egypt.

Directions or Process:

9:45am-9:50am: Introduce project and explain the use of cave carvings inside ancient

Egyptian tombs. Have plenty of example images to show what kind of things they used

to put on the walls.
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9:50am-10:00am: Demo how to use the end of your paintbrush to carve into the plaster

and then pass out the hardened pieces of plaster to each artist. Make sure to express

not to blow the dust off their piece because that will fill the room with dust and make it

uncomfortable for everyone.

10:00am-10:25am: Work time. Have artists draw on their plaster and then carve into it.

Have them tell a story through images just like the Egyptians did. Once they have

gotten their piece (covered edge to edge!) they can begin painting. Walk around and

ask each artist what story they are trying to tell.

10:25am-Parent pick-up: Have children start to clean up and wash their hands. Tell

them to leave their piece on the table so we can move them upstairs accordingly.


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