September/October 2008

Egyptian Sarcophagus

The 6th Grade Egyptian Art project connects to the sixth grade Social Studies curriculum theme Ancient Civilizations. Over a period of 3 workshops students developed their own sarcophagus* design based on source material such as photos and books about ancient Egypt. Students were encouraged to use hieroglyphs and Egyptian god/goddess in their designs. Students developed 2 designs one on foil (gold/silver) and the other on paper. The third design element was a mummy drawn with white pencil on black paper. The project was assembled like a book with each layer opening up to expose the next design.
*A sarcophagus refers to the carved, usually stone case in which the linen-wrapped mummy was placed.
The gilded sarcophagus of King Tut is probably the best known of the Egyptian sarcophagi.