Sunday, September 16, 2007
Students traveled to the past to explore how people in earlier times used art as a way to record stories and communicate ideas. By studying paintings from the Cave of Lascaux and other caves in France we discovered that pictures are more than pretty colors and representations of things we recognize: they are also a way of communicating beliefs and ideas. Students learned about images created by people in pre-history and the stories those pictures tell -- both for the people who created them and for us today as we try to understand what life was like many, many years ago.
Hands-on activities included making our own "Lascaux stones" with clay, sand and paint. We also made "prehistoric paint" by mixing different shades of soil with Crisco - in lieu of minerals, blood and animal fat. This was messy, but the results looked much like the pictures we saw.