SchoolArts Magazine

NOV 2012

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All Levels Sit Like an Egyptian Emily Moll T he topic of Egypt is one that students are naturally intrigued and enthusiastic about. As part of our overall study of the art and culture of ancient Egypt, fifth graders in my visual arts class created mosaic and mixed-media collaged chairs. The idea was to embellish a contemporary chair with Egyptian colors, themes, and designs. I gave a brief overview of the classic stylistic motifs of ancient Egypt and discussed how furniture was buried with the mummified person as part of the preparation for the afterlife. I also discussed the various design elements, colors, and textures of this fascinating ancient culture. Students would personalize chairs just as the Egyptians personalized the tombs of people entering the afterlife. A Chair for Each Student As a long-time art teacher, I frequent yard sales and secondhand shops, looking for supplies for the artroom. Through my bargian-hunting efforts, I was able to gather sixteen chairs of varying styles. Each student selected a chair and began developing a design based upon a personally selected theme. One student chose the subject of the Egyptian scarab (an image of a beetle). Another wanted to include the pantheon of Egyptian gods and goddesses. Yet another student wanted to include sarcophagi and mummification elements. Embellishments I laid out a "buffet" table of items that I had accumulated, including glass baubles, charms from gumball machines, cast-off toys, marbles, game pieces, colored sand, glitter, acrylic paint, tiles leftover from the local flooring store, and even aquarium Continued on page 46. schoolartsonline.com 27

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