How to Draw Ancient Egyptian Art


Ancient Egyptian art has an endless appeal. The hieroglyphs that often accompany murals and other Egyptian paintings are beautiful in themselves. Children particularly will love copying them, to write in code. The images of people and animals, with their bright colors and flat paint surfaces, are also simple to copy, making a fun project for students learning about ancient Egyptian culture.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Markers

Drawing Hieroglyphs

  • Use the hieroglyphic chart in the resources section of this article. The sound of each of the hieroglyphs shown corresponds with a sound in English. Note that there are different hieroglyphs for the different sounds of the letter E, for instance, and hieroglyphs that represent the sounds of ph, ch, and th.

  • In "translating" English words into hieroglyphs, it is easiest to work phonetically. You do not have to include hieroglyphs for silent letters -- like the e in 'like" -- or double letters -- like the second t in "letters."

  • Use the chart to translate your message. To write as the ancient Egyptians did, create your message in a vertical column, rather than a horizontal line. When you are finished translating, color the hieroglyphs with pencils or markers.

Drawing people

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