2 Today’s Lesson Learning about the ancient art of cave painting. Creating a Petroglyph Painting that includes an animal.
3 Vocabulary Definitions SymbolA design or picture that stands for a thing or an idea.ShapeLines create shapes like circles and squares
4 Cave of Lascaux Pronounced: “la-sko” The Cave of Lascaux was discovered in 1940 by four teenagers while exploring around an old manor house looking for an underground passageway.It consists of connecting caves with many paintings and carvings.
5 Cave of LascauxWhat do you think the surface of the wall feels like?
6 Cave of LascauxThe earliest pictures may be more than 30,000 years old, and the latest are about 9,500 year oldAround the time of the Ice AgeHumans lived by hunting great herds of animals
7 What other colors do you see? Cave of LascauxIt appears that the pictures may have been sketched with charcoal first.Here is “Yellow Horse”What other colors do you see?
8 Cave of LascauxSome artists created pictures by cutting their pictures on the walls with a sharp flintSome pictures are have been carved away to make sculptures that stand out.
9 What We Will Be Doing Tear edges of your paper bag and crumple it up! Write your name on the back.Draw an animal with black paint.Use chalk to color in your animal.Make a design or handprint for the background.“If your classroom has the technology, the students will enjoy projections of some of the websites about the Cave of Lascaux that have nice effects depicting the paintings by spotlight in the darkness of the cave. The lesson materials anticipate that students will tear construction paper, butcher paper or brown paper shopping bags, use red, yellow and buff crayons to make their petroglyphs, crumple the paper into a ball, then smooth it out. The Art Guide can then use the wide sponge brushes in the bin to brush very diluted black or brown tempera paint over the crinkled paper to "age" it. We have included brown construction paper, and there is plenty of brown butcher paper in the workroom. A print of the "Black Bull" painting is in the Media Center. Be sure you sign it out for your presentation.“In past years, some Art Guides have brought in small pieces of scrap flagstone free from local landscape rock companies. Students can draw their petroglyphs on the flagstone with either crayons or charcoal sticks. We have spray sealant that can be applied [outside in fresh air] to preserve the charcoal drawings.