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Elementary School Egyptian Art Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson plan to help you introduce students to ancient Egyptian art. Students will read a text lesson and discuss ancient Egyptian art before using their newfound knowledge to create their own pieces of art.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe ancient Egyptian art
  • explain the methods inspiration behind much of the art of ancient Egypt

Length

60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.1.A

Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.

Materials

  • Access to the internet
  • Art supplies
  • Heavy-weight paper

Instructions

  • Begin the lesson by showing an image of an ancient Egyptian artwork. Ask students to describe what they see.
    • What elements are visible in the artwork?
    • Can you tell what material was used?
    • What might have been the inspiration behind this piece?
  • Distribute the text lesson Egyptian Art Lesson for Kids: Facts & History. Ask students to read the introduction and first two sections ('Back in Time' and 'Natural Materials'). Discuss the following questions as a class:
    • How long ago were the artworks described in this lesson made?
    • What materials were common for ancient Egyptian artworks?
    • Why were these materials used?
  • Have students read the next section ('Inspiration'). Discuss the following questions:
    • What was the inspiration behind much the artworks from ancient Egypt?
    • What elements were often used?
    • How might the afterlife be depicted in ancient Egyptian art?
  • Have students read the remainder of the lesson. Discuss:
    • What pieces of ancient Egyptian architecture are considered works of art? Why?
    • What was the Sphinx? Why might it have been so important?
    • What are slate reliefs?
    • Why was slate used for these reliefs?

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