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Egyptian art

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Kathryn Dumouchelle

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Egyptian Art
Every example of Egyptian art from any time period strictly adheres to the same style called
, which means that the head of the character is always drawn in profile, while the body is seen from the front.
EQ6: How does symbolism play a role in Egyptian Art?

Symbolism also played an important role in establishing a sense of order.
 Animals were usually also highly symbolic figures in Egyptian art.
Colours were more expressive rather than natural:

red skin
implied vigorous tanned youth

yellow skin
was used for women or middle-aged men who worked indoors

indicated divinity because of its unnatural appearance and association with precious materials
black for royal figures expressed the fertility of the Nile from which Egypt was born.
Hieroglyphics are the ancient Egyptian writing system in which pictures and symbols stand for sounds and words.
Wonder of the Ancient World: The Pyramids of Giza
The great pyramid of
Khufu – (Left)

Pyramid of Khafra – (

Mankaura – (Right)

Bring the Egyptian Gods and art into modern day
– think like The Kane Chronicles
Use the images and styles of Egyptian Art in your drawing.

Parody and time warp Ancient Egypt art, culture & traditions into modern day.
Egyptian Parody & Time-Warp
Figures of the priest and his wife are larger than the other figures showing that they are more important
Stiff and solemn, because Egyptians believes such a pose was fitting for people of high rank
Smaller servants are shown in more natural positions as they labor in the fields and take care of animals
Egyptian paintings served a different purpose.

Completion valued over aesthetics

Artists' task to preserve everything as clearly and permanently as possible.

Artists drew from memory, according to strict rules which ensured that everything that had to go into the picture would stand out in perfect clarity.
RQ1: Why always a profile?
Scenes of Ancient Egyptian Daily Life
Ancient Egyptians used steatite and carved small pieces of vases, amulets, images of deities, of animals and several other objects.
The ancient art of Egyptian sculpture evolved to represent the ancient Egyptian gods, Pharaohs, and the kings and queens, in physical form.
Ancient Egyptian architects used sun-dried and kiln-baked bricks, fine sandstone, limestone and granite.

The stones had to fit precisely together.

Ramps were used to allow workmen to move up as the height of the construction grew.
Pharaoh originates in the term ‘’pr-aa’’ which means ‘’great house’’ and describes the royal palace. 
Their tombs were even more important than palaces.
For the Pharaoh of old kingdom, home after death was an immense structure called a Pyramid.
The old kingdom was the great age of pyramid building in Ancient Egypt.

Much of the Egyptian Art: the painting, sculpture, architecture pottery, hieroglyphs other arts produced by the civilization in the lower Nile Valley from 5000 BC to 300 AD.
Egyptian art reached a high level in painting and sculpture.
highly stylized and symbolic.
Much of the surviving art comes from tombs and monuments


Animal heads were placed on human bodies as a means of showing gods performing various rituals and relating them to human actions.
Figure of God Ra with a falcon head and sun disc.

“ Every part of the body must be shown in the most familiar point of view”
All Egyptian reliefs were painted, and less prestigious works in tombs, temples and palaces were just painted on a flat surface.
Egyptian Art part 1
Now that you have seen some Egyptian art, imagine that YOU are an ancient Egyptian.

Make a drawing, painting, collage or Relief of yourself in Egypt.

How would you look?
What would you wear?
What would your house be like?
After your art work is complete, write a story about your work and share it with your class.
Students will observe, classify, and create visual art according to styles and processes used in a variety of world cultures and historical periods.
Students will examine visual artworks from various world cultures and explain how artworks reflect the culture, cultural beliefs, or blending of cultures; use examples to illustrate how artworks have directly influenced society or culture.
Students will understand that the arts provide forms of non-verbal communication that can strengthen the presentation of ideas and emotions.
Sunken Relief, High Relief & Painting
Egyptian Art, Part 3
If you were to create a brand new Egyptian God, what would be his/her name?
Would he/she be good or evil?
How would you represent them? (What would their animal head be?)
Choose a medium we’ve already covered & bring your God/Goddess to life!
2:20:00 - 2:27:00
**Sketchbook Visual/Verbal Notes. Answer 4 EQ & 3 Reflections in your Sketchbook**
1. Classify different types of Egyptian Art
EQ1. Classify different types of Egyptian Art
EQ3. What's the focus of all Egyptian Art?
What symbolism is being used here?

What's up with the headdress?
Video answers:
RQ1 & RQ3
What were some of the roles in Egypt?
Travel Back in Time...
Make a drawing, painting, collage or Relief of yourself in Egypt.
How would you look?
What would you wear?
What would your house be like?
After your art work is complete, write a story about your work and share it with your class.
**Upload to Artsonia!
Extra Credit
- Hieroglyphics scrambler
*Help someone else
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