My husband owns a music store that is Chicagoland's ukulele headquarters! I couldn't help but be intrigued by the interesting shape of the ukulele boxes I kept seeing piled up in the alley. Those could be art!
He started saving them for me and I started dragging them to school. I had just enough for an entire grade level to do a ukulele box project... but what? I put the question out to the Art Teacher's group on Facebook, but I wasn't too thrilled with the answers. So, I went with my first instinct and turned them into Ancient Egyptian Sarcophagi.
Next, we looked at more photos of sarcophagi and completed my sarcophagus worksheet. Students were excited about drawing hieroglyphics, but didn't want to copy the Ancient Egyptian sarcophagi examples. I told them they didn't have to! They could make their sarcophagus look anyway they wanted as long as they created balance, had pattern, and used hieroglyphics somewhere. They had a great time making Minecraft, princess, and superhero themed sarcophagi.
We wrapped our ukulele boxes in gold paper and painted our sarcophagus on tag board.