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Submitted by: Tehya Tarkinton, of Kirby Public Schools in Arkansas
Grade Level: 7th - 12th grade
Unit: Art History
While studying prehistoric art I asked my students to each bring in their own medium-sized flat rock. After viewing images from Lascaux and Altamira, we also looked at typical symbols of animals & hunters drawn by cave artists.
Using pastel chalks (similar to earth pigments--earth tones only) the students were to draw an image/ or images onto their rock. Afterwards we "framed" these with intertwined vine (honeysuckle, or grape vine). The art then is displayed for non-art students to see along with a brief overview of prehistoric art.
This project enhanced the lecture & the students really enjoyed it--even the ones that thought they "couldn't draw". One of the nice things about this project is that if you have a limited budget & large classes this is VERY inexpensive!
Alternate for lower grades
Students can color or paint on brown Kraft Paper. They can color on individual pieces or create a mural as a class. See image at right for student example.
Lascaux: Movement, Space and Time - This book includes 262 color illustrations of the most important of the 1,963 images in the cave, including 915 animals and one human.
The Splendour of Lascaux: Rediscovering the Greatest Treasure of Prehistoric Art - In 1940, four teenagers stumbled across a hole in the hillside overlooking the village of Montignac, France. In the hole were 17,000- year-old paintings that vividly depicted a whole host of animals and figures.
The Cave of Altamira - Since the cave is now restricted to protect the paintings, the detailed photographs by Saura Ramos offer an excellent visual experience to armchair visitors.
Link: See another Cave Painting lesson.