Ancient Egypt, Makers’ Style

Fall 2013

1:00 – 2:00
Instructor: Debbie McDuffee

Could ancient Egyptians be considered “Makers”?

A Maker is defined as a person who makes or produces something, but in current times, it’s grown to mean anyone who’s a do-it-yourself-er, whether they are making art or craft projects, inventing new gadgets or making their own recipes from the food they grow.

Let’s see … the ancient Egyptians invented hieroglyphics; built such enormous pyramids that even today, no one is completely sure how they did it; made farming in the desert seem a simple task and more.

In this study group, we take on the roles of ancient Egyptian Makers. We’ll produce artwork based on hieroglyphics, ancient jewelry designs and ceremonial paraphernalia. We’ll investigate the inventions that could have been used to build the pyramids and make our own models. We’ll explore how the ancient Egyptians made farming successful and experiment to see if their methods still work today.

If you aren’t convinced that the ancient Egyptians were some of the world’s earliest Makers, you will be after this study group!

Designed for children approximately ages 9 and up and/or children who can:

  • follow directions
  • work cooperatively in a group
  • participate in a discussion with respect for all members of the study group
  • work independently to create artistic representations and working models of ancient Egyptian artifacts

Materials fee = $10 per child

Needed:  1 assistant teacher; 1 helper to set up materials 5 minutes before class; 1 helper from the cleanup committee during the last five minutes of class