Friday has arrived again and with it our second art project for Fine Art Friday! The art history page for week two was on Egyptian wall painting. In our book it explains that the Egyptians painted the walls of their tombs with scenes from everyday life, in hopes that they would continue these activities in the afterlife. They also would paint things that they aspired to. After looking at some more examples of Egyptian art via Google image search, we set out to make our own wall art.
Starting with a piece of poster board I used a 24" ruler and a sharpie to divide the paper into three horizontal sections. Next we set out to draw scenes from our life, or things that we wanted to do. For my kids (2nd grade and pre-K) I had them draw in whatever style they wanted to. For older kids or adults the challenge is to draw your life scenes in the Egyptian art style.
Jasmine drew herself and Connor jumping in a leaf pile under a fall tree in her middle row. Underneath are Grandma and Grandpa's house and our house. Since the paper was quite large and she feels the need to fill all the space when she draws it didn't get finished, but it looks great!
Connor is totally hooked on volcanoes. He has watched every documentary we can find on YouTube multiple times! Naturally he drew his aspirations to go to a volcano. You can see our whole family inside the big one, and a house succumbing to lava from the small one. He was very proud!
I challenged myself to draw my life scenes in the Egyptian style. At first I wasn't sure what to do, but then I saw an image similar to this (above) in the Google search results. My brain immediately went to high-fiving, so I did this little image of my hubby and I. That got my mind rolling and I did a section in the middle of Egyptian me editing photos.
I even got excited and made Photoshop tool symbols for my hieroglyphs! I based the positions of my figures off ones from my image search and customized them to what I wanted for my life scenes. For older kids it would be fun to have them draw their own "hieroglyphs" by making little pictures of things from their life to go with the scenes they draw.
I highly recommend this fun project! Once we got our imaginations going we could think of lots of fun applications for these "wall" scenes. If you do this project we'd love to see your artwork! As always feel free to pin or share this post wherever you like :)