The third online workshop of the GEM-JC Project titled “An Introduction to Egyptology and Archaeology: Let’s enjoy coloring Ancient Egyptian murals!“ was held on July 10th. The workshop was streamed live from the JICA Global Plaza in Ichigaya Tokyo, a facility run by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Since it was held online, elementary school students from all over the world participated.
The following three guests were invited to the workshop.
Dr. Akiko Nishisaka
Deputy Director of the Joint Conservation Project of the Grand Egyptian Museum
Visiting Professor, Institute of Egyptian Archaeology, Higashi Nippon International University
International Cooperation Center (JICE)
Dr. Nozomu Kawai
Project Expert of the Joint Conservation Project of the Grand Egyptian Museum
Professor of Egyptology at Kanazawa University
Dr. Yoko Taniguchi
Conservation Expert of Mural Paintings
Associate Professor, Tsukuba University
At the workshop, the participants colored the line drawings of a baboon (Hamadryas baboon) and a ship. The guest speakers were very pleased to see the participants coloring the pictures enthusiastically over the screen. During the question and answer session, the participants also surprised the speakers by asking advanced questions.
We are looking forward to inviting more elementary school students and parents to future workshops of the GEM-JC project!
Some of the participants have voluntarily sent their colored pictures after the workshop since the guest speakers encouraged them to finish coloring the pictures based on what they learned. We would like to share the masterpieces through this post with comments from the speakers.
“Curiously, ancient Egyptians used similar colors in paintings, but seeing how elementary school students paint, I was surprised that no one used the same coloring. As I did not expect to see so many colorful and beautiful baboons, it was such an enjoyable experience”.
“I would like to thank everyone for making such colorful and imaginative pictures”.
“It was interesting to find out that the belief that the monkey’s body is brown and behind red seems common in all countries. I hope you learned that there are monkeys of various colors in the world. Observing real monkeys at the zoo may be a good idea too! I appreciate how everyone drew very beautifully”.
<Colored pictures from participants>