Students looked at and discussed Egyptian Jewelry before we started this unit. They worked in groups to come up with colors and what they meant to them. Egyptian culture is one of the first to use adornment to say something about themselves, something we do all the time now (support bracelets, charm bracelets, etc). Students designed 3+ beads, at least 1 3-D pendant, and 1 texture pendant out of air dry clay. While they were drying, students learned how to use primary colors plus black and white to create new colors. Once the clay was dry, students painted them with their new found color mixing skills.
After all the beads and pendants were painted and dried, students learned how to do a basic Macrame knot. This was difficult for some students and a breeze for others. Students did a macrame bracelet or necklace to showcase their beads. We also decided as a class to try and raise some funds for the art room at this years Frost Craft Show. Students created additional bracelets using store bought beads that were then sold as a fundraiser. Thank you to everyone who came out to support us and a special thanks to students who gave extra time to make this successful!