Egyptian history and culture has held our modern interest for decades. The 10th graders study this period of history in their humanities class. Meanwhile, in art class we focus on some of the artistic achievements of ancient Egyptian culture. One of these is the death mask. In art class the students gained information about Egyptian burial practices and examined the Egyptians’ use of design and color in these elaborate masks. Then came the task of each student creating a mask. The students worked in groups of three, focusing on plastering one person’s face at a time. A headdress and bib were later added to the mask using cardboard and paper-mache. The students used acrylic paint to design their headdress and bib with Egyptian hieroglyphics and patterns.

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