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Art Workshop


Summary of Lesson Activities:

Learners will observe Egyptian Art and then make their own Egyptian Art bookmarks depicting God’s help in difficult times.

Teacher preparation:

  • Read the Bible story.
  • Read over the background material included in your teacher packet.
  • Make a sample bookmark of your own to show kids.
  • You may wish to check out the above-mentioned books/magazines from the public library and review them for a deeper understanding of Egyptian Art and hieroglyphics.
  • Gather the materials.

Supplies List:

  • Strips of cardstock cut into large bookmarks
  • watercolors
  • black crayons
  • Egyptian art books
  • Egyptian artwork to display
  • book on hieroglyphics
  • Bibles and Bible storybooks
  • contact paper
  • (resource books: Ladybird Explorers Plus, Pharaohs & Mummies; “The Power of Writing,” National Geographic, August 1999, volume 196, Number 2, Pages 110-136; The Prince of Egypt, Collect’s Edition Storybook)
  • clothesline & clothespins, for youth
  • 2 11x14 or larger cardstock “canvases” for each youth, sentence strips with journal prompt written on it.




Opening-Welcome and introductions:
Greet the children and introduce yourself. Remember that you are interacting with a different group of students each week--some may not know you. Wear your name tag and make sure that the children are wearing theirs.


Open with a prayer.


Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Lesson Plan:

1. Begin with the reading of the story. You may use the Bible for the older children and the Bible storybook for younger children (stories 35-43). Encourage the children to listen for the way God helped in difficult situations.

2. Following the reading, discuss: What was difficult about the situation for Joseph? For the brothers? For Jacob (Joseph’s father)? For Benjamin? Then ask how God helped each one through these difficulties.

3. Tell the children that to understand the Joseph story better it helps to see little bits of his culture – what Egypt was like. Hold up examples of Egyptian art. Using the books you checked out from the library tell the children a brief explanation of what things were like in Egypt when Joseph was there. (If nothing else you may want to hold up pictures of the pyramids and examples of the hieroglyphics from the walls). Tell the children that in early Egypt people communicated through pictures.

4. Tell the children that today they will be making their own Egyptian art bookmarks. Hand each child a cardstock strip and a black crayon. Tell them that on one side you would like them to tell the Joseph story through hieroglyphics, emphasizing God's help through the hard times. Tell them that on the other side you would like them to tell their own story through hieroglyphics, emphasizing God’s help through the hard times in their own life.

5. When they finish with the black crayon, give them watercolors to paint the rest of the bookmark. Let them know that the paint will not mess up their picture – the crayon will always show through. Explain to them that this is just like the story for today. God will always be with them and help them, no matter how hard things get.

6. To paint the second side, you and the shepherd will have to help hold the bookmark up so it can be painted.

7. When finished, hang the bookmarks to dry on the clothesline. Tell the children that you will laminate them (using contact paper) when the bookmarks are dry.

Have the children share their hieroglyphics, telling the stories on their bookmarks.

Journal Time:
Have the children respond to the following question:
The hardest time in my whole life was _______________________. I know God helped me because _______________________.

Close in prayer with the following or a prayer in your own words:
Dear God, thank you for being with us in the good times in our lives, but we know there are bad times, too. We ask you to help us get through those times. Thank you for your love and care. Through Christ, Amen.

Adjustments for younger/older children:
For youth, continue the same theme, but rather than making bookmarks, allow them to tell a story of God helping in a tough time through hieroglyphics on their “canvases.” You may allow them to use crayons, paints, and chalks. The story can be fictional or real, but should cover the whole canvas. If there is time, allow them to also tell Joseph’s story on a canvas.


A lesson written by Jan Marshall from: Brookhaven Church.

Brentwood, TN


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