Ralph Masiello's Ancient Egypt Drawing Book
Product Code: 15338
Binding Information: Hardback
Ages: 7 - 10
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Draw like an Egyptian...
Emerging on the fertile banks of the Nile River over five thousand years ago, ancient Egypt was a place of mummies and pharaohs, pyramids and temples<&mdash>a place that sparks the imagination. Young artists can dive into the underworld with Anubis, jackal god of the dead; creep past a sentinel sphinx with the body of a lion and the head of a falcon; bow down to the beautiful Queen Nefertiti; or give praise to the murdered god Osiris, all while learning to draw the symbols of the mysterious and ancient civilization of Egypt.
Step-by-step instructions help young artists create their own representations of this incredible culture, and annotations throughout the book provide a glimpse into the history and mythology of ancient Egypt. Bonus steps provide ways to customize drawings with historically accurate symbols and other details.
Hello, Fellow Artists!
Some five thousand years ago in northeast Africa, along the fertile upper Nile River Valley, an incredible civilization emerged. Ancient Egypt was a place of pharaohs, of gods and godesses, of temples and tombs. It was also a time of great human achievement. The Egyptians developed an incredibly complex system of writing and made important advancements in math and science. They also developed wonderfully stylized art forms and built architecture that has survived for thousands of years.
Even today, as archaeologists try to unlock the mysteries of Ancient Egypt, the wonder of that vast culture looms in our imaginations. In this book I'll show you some of the Egyptian images and symbols that I think are the most interesting to draw. Follow the steps in red to draw these images. Then color in your drawings with your favorite art tools. Extra challenge steps in blue show how to add details to your ancient Egyptian creations.
Have fun, practice, and keep on drawing! (And go to the library to learn more about this fascinating civilization.)
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School Library Journal - September 1, 2008Inside a bright and attractive cover is a short introduction and a “Choose your tools” chart of drawing instruments. Then there are more than a dozen different Egyptian symbols and pictures for budding artists to replicate. Masiello uses the method made popular by Lee J. Ames’s “Draw 50…” series (Doubleday), starting with a basic shape and showing how details can be added one step at a time. He also includes extra suggestions for ambitious artists. Each finished picture is printed in full color and accompanied by a short paragraph that tells an interesting fact about the subject matter. Some of the drawings are quite complicated but they are broken down into manageable sections. For example, one spread shows how to draw the body of Isis, while the next shows how to draw the head. The complexity of some of the drawings may be intimidating to less-confident students, but most are doable for the target audience. Ting Morris’s Arts and Crafts of Ancient Egypt (Smart Apple Media, 2006) has a variety of craft ideas and more background information than this offering, but it does not focus on drawing. Masiello’s book is a great resource for ancient-civilizations units.
Parent: Wise Austing - September 1, 2008Masiello combines two passions enjoyed by many elementary school children: Egypt and drawing. Step-by-step instructions and clear diagrams help budding artists draw the pyramids, Anubis, the Sphinx, and many other symbols and figures of the ancient culture, culminating with a portrait of King Tut. Along the way, readers get a glimpse into the rich history and mythology of a fascinating people. Resources, including books and websites, will satisfy the curiosity that is aroused through the drawings. The King Tut exhibit (www.kingtut.org) will be in Dallas beginning Oct. 3, and this is a fabulous book to use in preparation for a museum visit.
Curriculum Connections - October 1, 2008Step-by-step instructions for drawing Osiris, Anubis, Isis, and other gods as well as symbols and structures are accompanied by facts and full-color, finished products. Share this with teachers planning ancient civilzation units and budding Egyptologists and artists.