P.S. 119 Mixed Medium Peace Scrolls
This project consists of several steps culminating in a series of mixed medium scrolls
that hang in the school hallways. The steps include studentsí creation of an original
hieroglyphic alphabet, creating a composition using their hieroglyphic symbols and the
concepts of scale and layering, preparation of scroll background using watercolor and
acrylic paint, the creation and drawing of ideograms in ink, using collage, and relief
The unit sought to explore a variety of art concepts in the framework of Egyptian
Hieroglyphics and Scrolls as well as an introductory look at contemporary Egyptian
artist, Chant Avedissian. The unit touches on some Egyptian history, mostly in regard
to symbol-making and picture-writing as a form of communication.
Student Inquiry Questions
What is a symbol and how can we use them to represent words and thoughts?
What are some ways of representing ideas and conveying them to others using art?
What are some important things we want to communicate about ourselves and our school?
What are opacity and transparancy? How can we use them to create layers in our art?
How can we explore the work of Chant Avedissian and look at similarities between our work and his?
What is mixed media art?
How can we use text in our art and why would we use it?
Artist Teacher, Geneve Brossard, Inquiry Questions
What are you exploring?
How can the study and creation of hieroglyphics lead to understanding symbols and their use?
How can the scroll form be used to explore the concept of layering, opacity, and transparancy in art?
How can text and images be introduced as visual means of communication?
How can students understand the concept of ideograms?
How can the art concept of composition be introduced to students?
Geneve Brossard is the 2008 recipient of the Michael Kaye Award for Outstanding Art Educator.
Miss G, as she is lovingly known by the students and teachers alike, is an exemplary
Brooklynite and mentor in the Arts In Education Community statewide.