The Scarab stands for spontaneous creation.
It is a dung beetle.
The Udjat is the sound eye of Horus, it stands for
healing and protection.
The Cartouche is a loop where a person's name is
written. It is a protector of the person who's name is written.
The lotus flower stands for the sun, of creation
The background images are Ankhs.
Ankhs represent eternal life.
Lesson: Egyptian symbols vessel
Time necessary: 40 minute classes
Materials: plaster gauze, balloon, string, hot water, tempera paints,
and Egyptian symbols
Students will learn Egyptian Culture through symbols.
Students will experiment with a new media.
Students will be made aware of modern symbols in their own culture.
1. Gather materials together.
2. Heat water.
3. Cut gauze into 2" x 6" strips.
4. Copy Egyptian symbols.
1. Introduce the Egyptian Culture to students. This can
be presented in various ways. For this lesson symbols will be the
2. Demonstrate application of the plaster gauze to the balloon. Only
plaster the bottom half of the balloon.
Note: students can activate the plaster better by squeezing off excess
water after dipping. This presses the plaster into open pores of
the gauze creating a consistent layering of plaster.
3. Each student chooses a balloon and inflates it.
4. Each student ties a piece of string to the closed balloon.
5. Using a scrap piece of paper (with a hole punched into it) label
students names and tie to the balloons.
6. Store balloons until next class.
1. Distribute students' balloons and warm to hot water to buckets at
2. Students get small amount of plaster gauze at a time and begin plastering
by overlapping the wet strips.
3. Students set work aside when finished and begin cleaning.
1. Distribute students' balloons and make available Egyptian Symbols
2. Students pop balloons from dried gauze and begin sketching Egyptian
Symbols on the surface.
3. Store work until next class.
1. Distribute work and finish any sketches.
2. Students begin painting.
3. Store work to dry.
1. Distribute work and finish painting.
2. Students who are finished may gather in a group discussion.
The topic will be the symbols and their meanings.
3. Store work for evaluation.
1. Craft of the construction of the vessel.
2. Clarity of the symbols and effective plan of designing a 3 dimensional
3. Discussion and participation in the group and through out the project
during clean up.
Lesson by Rebecca Rosecrans