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Gifted students draw like Egyptians

POSTED: December 27, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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Student artists, from left, are Waldo Pafford's Christina Meiers, McKinsey Currence and Charbriel Martinez.

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In our fourth-grade gifted resource class, we are studying ancient Egypt. In one of our lessons, we did research, read and discussed Egyptian style art. Then our job was to create an Egyptian mural to show how Egyptians had strict guidelines in their art.
This is the way Egyptians drew people: the head was seen from the side, the shoulders and chest from the front, and the hips and legs from the side. Feet faced the same way as the head, usually with one foot in front of the other.
Try to stand like this. As you see, Egyptians did not draw the way people stand. They thought this was the way to show off the different body parts.
The people depicted in the pictures are representatives of gods, goddesses and animals. People, at times, had the head of an animal and the body of a human or the body of an animal and the head of a human. Animals could walk on two legs.
Egyptians told stories in their drawings, which are called registers. The registers were drawn vertically and could represent a whole farming season.
We had three people working on each mural. This was hard work, but fun at the same time.
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