May 22, 2010

How to Draw King Tut

This lesson can be a good supplement to a history lesson on Egypt.
1. Working with large paper (at least 11" x 17") have the students fold the paper in half vertically so that the face can be centered easily. Start by showing them how to draw a large "U" in the middle that is centered on the fold. A line closes the top, and another parallel line is added below.
2. The face may be filled in next. This can be a good time to review proportions of most faces. A key addition to making the Egyptian look is to add the lines on the outside of the eyes.
3. Add neck lines below the head, and a headpiece that curves in at the bottom.
4. Stripes are added to the headpiece. Encourage the students to draw one side and then do their best to make a symmetrical copy on the other.
5. Sharpie permanent markers are needed to trace all the lines. The gold tempera paint is very transparent and can just be painted over the lines. I gave the students a choice of painting the alternate stripes in either red or blue or purple.

10 comments:

Ms. Julie's Place said...

Thank you, thank you for this simplification! My first lesson this year in my after school art class is on King Tut! I was trying to figure out how to simplify it for kindergarteners. Now, you've done it for me!

Ms. Julie's Place said...

You might also try metallic gel markers. Phooey and Prang both have good ones, but they look better if you use them on darker paper.

Nevis said...

SUPER cool!

GiNelle said...

Thanks for the idea. I am planning to take my sons (ages 5 and 7) to the Dallas Museum of Art to see the King Tut Exhibit. This will be a great project to do before we go. Thanks for sharing it!

Miss said...

Thanks for this great lesson! I tried it with my grade 6's- here are the results: http://afaithfulattempt.blogspot.com/2010/12/king-tut-portrait.html

They really enjoyed this project- thanks again!

King Tut said...

This is a very good drawing of me ;)

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Sydney Marshall said...

Thank you for king tut because I nearly fainted because I needed king tut drawn on my homework

Sydney Marshall said...

Thank you for king tut because I nearly fainted because I needed king tut drawn on my homework

Anonymous said...

thanks so much this really helped on my ancient Egypt project i'm working
on at school :)