Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Cave Art!

Southeast 6th graders have started this school year with an art timeline from cave art to 20th century art.  We have completed the cave art and students had such a great time!! First, we watched a presentation about cave art.  You can watch this presentation at  http://prezi.com/7kbgq0msxdq-/cave-art/ .   Next, we toured the inside of the cave through a virtual tour (the website link is in the presentation).  Then we discussed the subject of what they drew and how important art is in every culture and time period.  After our discussion, we were ready to draw.  I had students crumple up a few large sheets of brown butcher paper and tape them under the tables and on the walls (to mimic the cave) and we turned off the lights and had to crawl in the "cave" and draw things that were important in our lives in the style of the cave art.  Students only had limited colors to work with because they did not have many colors to choose from 15,000 years ago.  Scientists believe that cave artists used their hand prints as a signature, so our students also placed their hand prints in our cave.

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