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Cave Paintings

To kick off our Fall Art Lit classes, we went full circle and started where it all began last September, with Cave Paintings. These are so monumental in the history of Art and an endlessly fascinating subject with so many aspects that are worth investigating. This time we went beyond the paintings and techniques to discuss all of the processes that had to take place before they could create them, like the discovery of fire, working collaboratively, and the techniques of applying pigment that have lasted throughout thousands of years. You may have seen the map of the numerous caves throughout the world , with similar symbols and markings. We discussed the origins of language , alphabets and communication.We noted that with all of the developments throughout history, that led to printing , books, literature and education on a mass level, we are now back to communicating by texts, using the same symbols found in the caves. The children created their own “wall” using some of the original techniques , and with images and symbols to represent a story that they shared with the class. So great to be back in gear and I look forward to presenting interesting artists and techniques that will be stimulating and keep them “curious”.

 Week One: Cave Paintings

It has been an eventful week in our Art Literacy class. We have been all around the world.  I would like to thank all of my wonderful students for their great efforts. We began with the story of the discovery of the discovery of cave paintings in Lascaux,  France  and also looked at images from  Spain , where the oldest known cave paintings have been found,  in the cave called El Castillo. The prehistoric dots and crimson hand stencils are now the world's oldest known cave art that dates more than 40,800 years old.

© Serene Greene- Art Literacy Academy
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