Sunday, 5 October 2014

Life Size Sarcophagus

Sarcophagus Decorations and Pharaoh Faces
Another ancient Egyptian project that linked well with the class historical topic. Year 5 and 6 had visited the British Museum in London and collected sketches of Egyptian sarcophagi and the decorations the Egyptians had painted. I then came up with the idea for a two part project.
First the children used A1 sugar paper taped together and in pairs drew a life size sarcophagus shape. They then used metallic paint to create backgrounds and paint hieroglyphs they took sketches of at the museum. This was an opportunity for the children to paint hidden messages using the Egyptian hieroglyphs. 

For the second part the children use oil pastels and water colours to create an Egyptian pharaoh portrait. I used the video for the children to draw along with on the IWB so they could all see each step, rather than myself modelling each step with some children needing it repeated.
once finished, the children chose which of the pairs portraits would be cut out and stuck on the sarcophagus. Those left over were displayed along side in a pharaoh portrait gallery.