Objective: To learn each others Names by Creating your own Egyptian Name Cartouche for your Peers to Decipher Duration: 1 hour Age: 6-12 years old Themes: Ancient Egyptian Art, Hieroglyphs, Symbols, Names
"Egyptian Name Cartouche on Papyrus Paper" by Sinthia Cousineau
Tracing Carbon Paper
Markers or Coloured Pencils
White scrap paper
Masking Tape and Scissors
Black Thin Sharpies
Real Egyptian Papyrus Paper or Parchment Coloured cardstock paper
Egyptian Alphabet Example
Printed Examples of real Hieroglyph Symbols
Hieroglyph: A writing system that uses pictures and symbols instead of letters and words. Cartouche: An Egyptian burial plate that is shaped like an oval that is dedicated to an important deceased person, such as a Pharaoh.
Step 1: Write your name on a piece of paper and draw the symbols associated to each letter of your name.
Step 2: Tape the papyrus paper to the table, and place the carbon paper on top. Then with the tracing stylos, trace the cartouche image in the center of the papyrus paper.
Step 3: Retrace the image of the cartouche with a black sharpie marker.
Step 4: With a pencil, draw the hieroglyphic symbols of your name inside the cartouche drawing. The first letters of your name should be on the top and then work its way down. Make sure to be able to fit all the symbols of the letters of your name onto the cartouche.
Step 5: Retrace the hieroglyphic symbols with a black sharpie.
Step 6: Add motifs or patterns inside the cartouche frame, first with pencil then with a black sharpie.
Step 7: If you have time, you could also decorate the space in the page that's outside the cartouche with other hieroglyphic symbols.
Step 8: Colour in the inside of the symbols and the patterns of the cartouche frame with a marker or colouring pencils.
Switch your drawing to your neighbor and see if they could decipher your name and you theirs!
Students working on their Egyptian Names
Student Artwork Age 5-7 years old
My younger students were given parchment coloured cardstock paper and larger cartouche images to trace.
My Students at Art Neuf Community Center Spring 2023
Student Artwork Age: 8-12 years Old
Older students were given real Egyptian Papyrus Paper to create their artworks and smaller cartouche images to trace.