Painting a fresco – Ancient Egypt project

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Egyptian fresco painting of three women of color in white dresses

Egyptian fresco painting

Making your own fresco painting: Start by getting some plaster of Paris at an art store. Then draw out what you’re planning on painting on a piece of paper. Mix the plaster powder with water according to the directions on the package, and spread the plaster evenly on a foam picnic plate so that it fills the plate and is pretty thick. Let this plaster dry most of the way, until it is set but still wet

Now take powdered tempera paint and mix it with water, and paint that on to the wet plaster according to your paper drawing. Let it dry.

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* Hieroglyphics
* Drawing the afterlife
* Carving reliefs

Bibliography and further reading:

Pyramids: 50 Hands-On Activities to Experience Ancient Egypt, by Avery Hart and others (1997).

Spend the Day in Ancient Egypt : Projects and Activities That Bring the Past to Life, by Linda Honan (1999).

Ancient Egypt Book and Treasure Chest (Working for Myself), by George Hart (1994). Rave reviews – includes hieroglyphic stamp kit, Egyptian bead necklace, board games, and more.

Cut and Make Egyptian Masks, by A. G. Smith and Josie Hazen (1993). King Tut, lioness, falcon, crocodile and a jackal.

Life in Ancient Egypt Coloring Book, by John Green (1989).

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By |2018-04-18T23:33:08+00:00June 10th, 2017|Art, Crafts, Egypt|0 Comments
Cite this page: Carr, K.E. Painting a fresco – Ancient Egypt project. Study Guides, June 10, 2017. Web. December 16, 2018.

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Dr. Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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