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Amethist Nova watches artist Donn Morris as he demonstrates how to daub paint on a clay pot.

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Paint like an Egyptian

First-grade students create Egyptian art — with some help

Brittney Skousen’s mom helped her to create an Egyptian dress and draped her in jewelry to get in character for the day. Brittney’s first-grade teacher, Leslie Reisdorf , with assistance from the Payson Art League (PAL), then transported the children to Egypt — complete with an art project, food and dress. “I suggested kids could dress up in either modern or ancient Egyptian clothes,” said Reisdorf. Reisdorf herself dressed up in a costume with a long white sheath dress, gold encircled headband and gobs of jewelry. “I explained to students that jewelry identified the wealth of the person in ancient Egypt,” said Reisdorf. She decided to put together an Egyptian day after going to a Gifted and Talented conference in February, which included a section on teaching history and art.


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