New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_A16974
Artist's rendering of Ancient Egyptian artwork showing men working with metal. The image is from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. These pictures depict the tools and methods used to shape and decorate metal works. Ancient Egyptians mined copper, gold, bronze, and tin, and shaped these metals into objects, such as knives, weapons, and vessels for holding liquid, 1930.
What are the people doing in this picture?
The Egyptians used pictures to tell a story. Why would the Egyptians draw pictures instead of writing a story?
What items of clothing are the people wearing in this picture?
Look also at "Laborers Gathering Flax" and "Ladies at Their Toilet." All of these pictures show some aspect of daily life in ancient Egypt. What is similar about the elements of the pictures? What is different? Which one gives you the clearest picture about Egyptian life? Why?
Find and illustrate the poses used most often in Egyptian artwork. Explain what the purpose of each pose was. (For example, when both hands were shown held up and out to the sides with the palms facing forward, it symbolized protection.)
Math: Figures in Egyptian art were drawn according to a standard proportion. Using figures in different Egyptian drawings or paintings, measure the heads, torsos, and legs to find out what the proportion was.
Science: Egyptian artwork was very colorful. Artists used charcoal for black, malachite for green, etc. Experiment with different berries, plants, and even beetles to see what colors you can make.
English Language Arts: Choose a single Egyptian drawing or painting and interpret its meaning.
Malek, Jaromir. Egyptian Art A&I (Art and Ideas). Phaidon Press, Incorporated, July 1999. ISBN: 0714836273
Cole, Joanna. Ms. Frizzle's Adventures: Ancient Egypt (Magic School Bus Series). Scholastic, Inc., July 2003. ISBN: 0590446819