Ancient Egypt Art Game
Are you looking for a fun way to supplement your art history lessons? Going to be absent and need last minute art sub plans? Fill up your sub tub with low-prep art lessons like this ancient Egypt art lesson that excites students. Teach your students about how the Egyptians created linen fabric from flax to loom. Study the different ways in which they draped the body with fabric and how they accessorized the look with jewelry.
This art lesson is also great for discussing facial proportion and drawing faces in profile. Step-by-step picture directions and the included PowerPoint presentation with close-up, detailed photos will guide your students from start to finish.
Are you trying to foster more independence in your art room? This henna hands art game makes for the best and most productive early finisher activity for your students. You can set up a choice-based art center where students select an activity amongst different ones. Print out the game board and directions back to back, put them in a labeled folders, and let them pick what they’d like to create. This is similar to a directed drawing activity in which students are guided through the art process.
If you’re a teacher looking for a differentiated art lesson that boosts independent thinking, problem-solving, and skill-acquisition, this will do the trick.
- First, draw a face in profile.
- Then, roll the die to pick a hairstyle and draw it.
- Roll again to select a headdress.
- Then, draw the upper half of a body on your figure.
- Next, draw a collar and divide it up into four curved sections.
- Then, roll the die twice to pick two patterns from the third and fourth columns. Draw them in the four sections of the collar.
- Lastly, roll two more times to choose two sets of hieroglyphics and draw them in the background.
- To complete your figure, add some basic clothing.
- Using tempera cakes, neatly paint your figure and hieroglyphics.
- When dry, use black and gold paint markers, crayons, or colored pencils to add details throughout the design.
I’ve included three ways students can generate their design. The first is the game board where students roll the die to select their parts. The second is a “you pick” board. Both of these are printables. And lastly, for teachers needing engaging lessons during distance learning, I’ve added digital spinner wheels!
First, print out the Ancient Egypt art game and picture directions back-to-back. Then give your students dice and watch them have fun creating their own art project independently. If you have access to a smartboard or projector, use the accompanying PowerPoint presentation. It will guide the students during each part of the art project.
Once completed, have students use the self-assessment rubrics to evaluate their artwork based on craftsmanship, creativity, following directions, work habits, project goals, and clean up. And then have them complete the “Big Ideas” sheet so they can connect the creation process to their learning.
If you are substituting or need a fast finisher activity, use the included coloring page.
6th – 8th grade
Main Learning Objective
Students will be able to study proportion and how to draw a face in profile in order to paint an Ancient Egyptian portrait with hieroglyphics.
- Permanent Marker
- Gold Paint Marker (Alternatives: Gold Colored Pencils or Crayons)
- Drawing Paper
- Tempera Cake Paints
You Will Receive
- 13-Page, Non-Editable PDF (Ancient Egypt Art Game)
- 11-Page Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
- Dice Game
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- Step-by-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
- Ancient Egyptian Clothing & Accessory Styles Handout
- Drawing Faces in Profile Handout
- Visual Arts Self-Assessment Rubrics
- Artist “Big Ideas” Reflection Sheets
- 8, “I CAN” Statements Aligned to the Studio Habits of Mind
- Practice Drawing Page
- Coloring Page
- Paperless Google Drive digital resource for students (also for use in Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, Seesaw, Microsoft OneDrive, Teams, and anywhere else you can share a link to a file…link on the bottom of page 2)
- Digital Spinner Wheels in the download as well as on Google Slides and YouTube (links on the bottom of page 3)
I used this at the end of my Egypt unit when I had a sub for a few days, the kids were so engaged and had a great time listening to “Egyptian Music” while drawing and coloring. It was a nice break for my ‘big kids’ who think we always do too much book work! – Janelle D.
This was great fun for the children, and they created some beautiful artwork. – Rachael A.