In the Afterlife
Pharaohs, the Egyptian rulers, had an incredible
amount of power. They owned everything and everyone in the land.
He or she decided how much tax people were to pay, what festivals would
be celebrated, and which religions to follow. They were a divine
being put here of Earth to rule Egypt. Because of all the their power,
pharaohs wanted to leave their mark on their subjects, even after death.
They built grand tombs, the early ones were pyramids, in honor of themselves.
They made the building of their tomb a national project using thousands
of common people to construct it.
The pharaohs took all of their worldly belongings
with them into the afterlife by putting everything into their tombs.
Knowing that the early tombs (the pyramids) had been robbed, the later
pharaohs hid their great tombs in the valley of the kings.
Lesson: Foil Art
2x2 pcs. tagboard
Preparation: Cut foil and tagboard.
Time: One 30 minute class period.
1. Students start with a piece of foil and a tagboard.
2. Glue tagboard to foil
3. Draw Egyptian landscape or people with pencil on foil.
4. Color with markers and let dry.
white construction paper 9x12
black construction paper
Preparation: Cut white and black paper in half.
Time: One or two 50 minute class times.
1. Students paint with watercolors on white paper creating a sunset
2. Sketch a landscape on black paper with pencil (first)
3. Draw trees, pyramids, buildings, obolesks.
4. Go over pencil lines with a white crayon.
5. Cut out and glue on watercolor sunset.
What would last me a lifetime
Get visuals of King Tut's tomb. Talk about the afterlife and
how they thought they'd need those things with them in their tombs.
Manila 9x12 paper
Time: Two or three 50 minute class times
1. Students pencil sketch in the middle of the paper an Egyptian looking
(Egyptian style eye etc.)
2. Think of all the things they would need to last a lifetime if they
had to stay in that space for the rest of their lives.
3. Draw in pencil, outline in marker, color in crayon.
A pharaoh was the ruler of Egypt. The pharaoh was the head of
government, chief priest, and head of the army. The pharaoh also owned
all of the granaries where food was stored. One of the most famous pharaohs
was Tutankhamun which translates as "Living image of Amun." Tutankhamun,
also known as King Tut, lived over 3,300 years ago.
The Egyptians had many Gods they believed in.
Here are a few of them.
Jackle god who protected the dead.
He was the son of
Osiris and Isis.
He was a sky god and he was also very close to the king.
He was the ruler of the dead and god of agriculture.
In it's many forms, the sun god.
Lord of the Fairyum, the crocodile god.
A god of writing, counting, and wisdom.
A moon deity.
If you are interested in learning more about Egyptian Gods check out
These mythological gods also have stories behind their strange masks.
Check them out!
All art lessons were provided by permission of Kristin Steward Walker
Bright Local Schools