Egyptian Art

by Donna Garcia
St. John's School
6th grade
Healdsburg, California


In Egypt, many works or art were discovered in the tombs and temples of Ancient Egypt. Because of their belief in life after death, Egyptians filled their tombs with objects and paintings that reflected everyday life. Scenes of planting, harvesting, processions, warfare, and celebrations make it easy to imagine life 3,500 years ago along the banks of the Nile River.


By drawing scenes of life and objects from Ancient Egypt, this will help to instill a better understanding of the golden age of the pharaohs.


  • Books with pictures of life in Ancient Egypt
  • Paper similar in appearance to papyrus - parchment copier paper works well
          (papyrus is available, but very expensive)
  • Paint: tempura or acrylic
  • Paint brushes, thin/stiff bristled
  • Permanent markers: black, fine point
  • Scratch paper
  • Pencils


  1. After studying pictures, paintings, and artwork of Ancient Egypt, students will create a picture on scratch paper that resembles Egyptian art.
  2. This picture will then be lightly drawn, with pencil, onto papyrus like paper.
  3. Students can add hieroglypics around the border of the picture to give it more of an Egyptian look.
  4. Using a fine point, permanent marker (Sharpie type), students carefully outline around areas of picture.
  5. Paints will be carefully applied. Bright paints work well.
  6. Touch up with black pens (can go over dry acrylic paints).
  7. The finished pictures are framed and ready to hang.
example of egypt art example of egypt art

Grade Six Visual Arts Standard used with this Egyptian Art Project:

  • Artistic Perception (1.1, 1.2, 1.3)
  • Creative Expression (2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5)
  • Historical and Cultural Context (3.1, 3.2, 3.3)
  • Aesthetic Valuing (4.1, 4.2, 4.3)

More examples of this curriculum


©   Deborah Padrick   2001