Drawing King Tut’s Mask Using Symmetry- C1W2 Lesson Plan


Introduce students to Egyptian art while teaching them about Balance (using symmetry), one of the Principles of Design.

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This lesson plan introduces the Principles of Design and explores Balance and Symmetry using the mask from King Tutankhamun’s sarcophagus as an example. Students will also look at a few other famous Egyptian works of art before drawing their own copy of King Tut’s mask using symmetry.

Since we study Ancient – Medieval History in cycle 1 of Classical Conversations, this project works great for the cycle 1 week 2, 30 minute fine arts lesson on symmetry.

This 17 page lesson plan includes the following:

  • An introduction to Egyptian art
  • A carefully crafted sentence about Egyptian Art (ideal for memorization)
  • An explanation of Balance (including symmetry), one of the Principles of Design
  • “The Principles of Design” poster
  • Vocabulary words and definitions
  • References to additional resources
  • 6 pages of Egyptian art samples
  • Detailed Art Project instructions
  • Materials List
  • Step-by-step pictorial instructions for How to Draw King Tut’s Mask
  • Options for scaling the art project up or down depending on the experience level of your art students
  • Encore suggestions- These are ideas tutors can offer students for how they can repeat the lesson at home with a fun twist. If you have several hours to complete this art project, you may want to try one of these suggestions in class.

This lesson is available, at a discount, in the “Ancient Art Drawing Package,” which includes 6 lesson plans and is ideal for weeks 1-6 of Fine Arts in a cycle 1 Classical Conversations Foundations community.

Also, check out our free blog post and podcast episode about Egyptian Art!

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Single User (and up to 10 students), 2-4 Users (and up to 40 students), 5-10 Users (and up to 100 students)


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