Everyday Hieroglyphics

6th Grade students have been studying ancient cultures in their Social Studies class throughout the year and I have used this as inspiration for several projects so far.  Earlier in the year, students learned about Ancient Egyptian Architecture and created collaborative newspaper pyramids.

As I was researching various types of Egyptian art, I came across some fantastic illustrations by freelance graphic artist, Josh Lane (https://joshlanedesign.wordpress.com). Lane’s illustrations, or Hero-glyphics as he refers to them, use contemporary imagery inspired by Ancient Egyptian art. See some images below:

I shared his work with students as inspiration for them to create their own “Everyday Hieroglyphics.” Students used watercolor pencil and were asked to show at least one figure in profile and also use Ancient Egyptian hieroglyph writing.

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