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Summer Egyptian Art Workshop for Fifth, Sixth Graders

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Parents still have time to register their fifth- or sixth-grade children for this year's Summer Egyptian Art Workshop for Kids, scheduled for July 12-15 at the Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum at Cal State San Bernardino.

The registration deadline is Tuesday, July 6. The cost for the summer event is $50. Friends of the Museum contributors, as well as CSUSB alumni and students receive a $10 discount. In previous years, the program has drawn children from throughout the inland region. Due to limited space, organizers are encouraging parents to register their children as soon as possible.

Essentially comprised of two parts, the workshop will introduce Egypt and Egyptian art to the kids through brief talks and the Fullerton Art Museum's world-class collection of Egyptian antiquities. The collection is on loan, in part, from the Harer Family Trust.

The first day of the workshop puts in the kids' hands a bit of the science behind the art. That's when students go on an "archaeological dig" at the museum. The activity teaches the kids how delicate a science archaeology can be as they use small brushes and learn how to handle the objects they find.

Later, the students work in a studio as they create art pieces based on actual Egyptian designs. They'll model with clay, making such items as animal-shaped vessels and ushabti figures. Egyptian ushabti were small servants made for the afterlife and typically resembled the deceased, whom they served. Mural art is also on the creative agenda for the kids, who will work in teams and tell their stories of modern day life in an ancient Egyptian style. On the final day the kids will go on a scavenger hunt as they look for objects in the museum.

During the workshop, teachers will also give the children a small and easy-to-follow notebook about Egyptian art. The book includes a map of Egypt, a gallery of the gods of Egypt, a page on hieroglyphic symbols and their meaning and a picture of the Rosetta Stone, which interpreters used to decipher hieroglyphic language.

The Summer Egyptian Art Workshop will hold two sessions accommodating 34 children in each. The morning session runs from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with the afternoon group of kids participating from 3-6 p.m.

For registration information, call Sharidy Cunningham or Megan DeWitt at the Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum at (909) 880-7373, or e-mail the museum at scunning@csusb.edu.
Summer hours for the Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Thursday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday and Monday.

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