Friday, November 11, 2011


This six week session I have been integrating visual arts into Mrs. Koppelberger's sixth grade social studies class.  It has been an awesome and natural process because they are currently studying Mesopotamia, Sumer and Ancient Egypt and there is an abundance of early art to talk about!  Last week, students developed their own pictographs and cuneiform (the first written language) just like early scribes of Sumer.  Because paper was not yet used, students carved their cuneiform into rugged clay tablets which are now currently in the kiln.  They tools they used were primitive, just as scribes used to create detailed carvings for their pictographs and also wedged tools to create symbols in their written language, cuneiform.

Next, we are going to discuss symbols and perspective of Egyptian art and why craftsmen often drew from the angle they did.  My hope is to teach them how to create paper from pulp next week so that they can add hieroglyphs, just like ancient Egyptians.

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