First Graders Visit Egypt

Georgetown firsties are learning about the art and culture of Egypt.  We found many of shapes and mysterious Egyptian symbols on the beautiful mummy case of Lady Teshat.  First graders learned that Lady Teshat was the daughter of the treasurer of the Temple of Amon at Thebes.  Her detailed burial mask gives us a clue as to how she may have looked as a young girl.

 Lady Teshat

After experimenting with some practice paintings, first graders painted these fancy mummy cases.

Preparing our background with a little colored chalk.

 I just love how each painting has a personality all its own.

Of course the best part was selecting just the right jewel to adorn their paintings!

Parents – you’ll find these portraits on our ARTSONIA on-line art gallery soon.

Open Sesame!

Second grade artists are finishing up one of their Middle East cultural focus projects.  This project had lots and lots of steps, and my second graders were real troopers, plugging away at each part of the project!

We began with an introduction to Egypt and had lots of fun talking about pyramids.  Then we drew and colored in a beautiful little pyramid landscape.

Next came a review of Middle Eastern ceramic tiles – this part of the project tied in to our clay project, yet to be revealed!  We stamped the outside of our landscape with designs and colored the outside with many shades of blue crayon.

Adding the doors

And finally – the most fun part – DOORS that OPEN!  We decorated the doors so they looked “ancient” – my second grader’s words, not mine, aren’t they just so smart?!  And after some painting and folding and gluing – ta daaa!  A desert landscape is revealed behind the fancy ancient doors!  Or, as my second graders like to say….the magical phrase:  Open Sesame!

doors closed

doors open