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Lesson Plans


Egyptian clay heads

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Stephanie Ignazio (smi)
Fri, 5 Feb 1999 17:50:19 -0500


This week I told my 6th graders that we would be starting Egypt in Art next
week and after vacation. I heard groans! They are so swamped with it in
their classrooms that they've just about had enough. So much for the
benefits of integration! hahaha. Anyways, I left it up to them to choose
which media to use in class. So as a result I have one class of painters. I
think we'll do friezes, so that's easy enough. One class wants to work with
plaster, the other wants clay. (the other two classes I didn't ask yet)
These kids absolutely almost threw up when I mentioned papier mache. (I was
amazed) My thought for the clay is to make busts of Egyptian gods. Has
anyone ever done this? Is there a special trick to it? I'm going to try it
out myself but would like any help you can give. I just think they would
look fabulous and would really show them techincally how to do quite a bit.
I also thought we could make shwabatis (?spelling) but that form just seems
really easy for them. As far as the plaster...I was thinking either small
mummies inside sarcophogus' or the plaster masks turned into gods and
goddesses. Any other ideas???Just for your funnybone..the kids wanted to
make a HUGE pyramid that they could walk through. I told them that was
impossible because it wouldn't fit on my cart! they laughed! Although I
said...how about we make an egyptian art room???? now, there's an idea!!!!!
Stephanie