How to Draw King Tut

Here’s a combo make in art heaven — gold tempera and a King Tut painting project. Works great for history lessons, or even an excuse to use the paint. It’s inexpensive and adds a bling that students all seem to love.

Multi media paper, 9″ x 12″
Black Sharpie makers with chisel tip
Gold tempera paint
Royal blue tempera paint


1. Students fold the paper in half vertically so that the face may be centered.They  draw a large “U” in the middle that is centered on the fold. A line closes the top, and another parallel line is added below.

2. Facial features are added as shown.

 3. Add neck lines below the head, and a headpiece that curves in at the bottom.

4. Stripes are added to the headpiece. Encourage the students to draw one side and then do their best to make a symmetrical copy on the other. Sharpie markers are used to trace all the lines. The gold tempera paint is very transparent and can just be painted over the lines. I gave the students a choice of painting the alternate stripes in either red or blue or purple.







6 Responses

  1. King Tut

    This is a very good drawing of me 😉

  2. Miss

    Thanks for this great lesson! I tried it with my grade 6’s- here are the results:

    They really enjoyed this project- thanks again!

  3. GiNelle

    Thanks for the idea. I am planning to take my sons (ages 5 and 7) to the Dallas Museum of Art to see the King Tut Exhibit. This will be a great project to do before we go. Thanks for sharing it!

  4. Nevis

    SUPER cool!

  5. Ms. Julie's Place

    You might also try metallic gel markers. Phooey and Prang both have good ones, but they look better if you use them on darker paper.

  6. Ms. Julie's Place

    Thank you, thank you for this simplification! My first lesson this year in my after school art class is on King Tut! I was trying to figure out how to simplify it for kindergarteners. Now, you’ve done it for me!

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