On the next day of the project the students began drawing self-portraits. Each student used a mirror and I directed the class with steps for drawing the head and facial features. I explained that I would be showing them how to draw general shapes of eyes, a nose and a mouth but they were to look at their own faces to see what distinct shapes their facial features had. I gave the option of drawing natural looking eyes or "Egyptian eyes" and I demonstrated both.
We did not draw hair because in place of that we drew an Egyptian head dress. I made five different simplified line drawings of head dress types that I drew from actual photographs so the students could see how to break down the steps to draw them. I invited the students to use these if they needed an idea to get started and then they were to add their own designs. One requirement was that they had to draw patterns in the design of the head dress.
After the portraits were complete the students outlined all pencil lines in Sharpie marker. I provided thick and thin markers. The students used colored pencils to color their self-portraits and I gave a demonstration on using colored pencils. I instructed the students to begin coloring lightly. Colored pencils are made of wax and pressing down hard when coloring coats the paper with wax so much that if you try to layer another color on top of the first color the paper is no longer able to take any more color because the surface has been burnished. Coloring with a light pressure allows you to later blend more color in layers. There were two options for coloring skin color. The students could color their face with an abstract color, for example, green or purple, or they could choose a natural skin tone. I demonstrated how to use orange to create a peach skin tone: use orange very lightly. Brown can also be blended with the orange if the student chooses or students could use brown only. One requirement for coloring the face was to show value on the sides of the nose and the sides of the face so it looked three dimensional and not flat.
I think that the combination of self-portraits and ancient Egyptian art was a good match!