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Lesson Plans

Re: artsednet-digest V2 #1362

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Fri, 16 Apr 1999 22:56:20 EDT

Dear Mary Ann Kohl, In response to your biggest and messiest art projects, I
have the biggest and messiest!. I do a primitive art unit with my Kinders. I
teach them about the Lascoux Caves in France. We go into the time machine,
back to about 35,000 BC and then look at the map for France. I teach in a
Catholic School so talking about the "cave people" gets a little tricky. I
give out drawings of the animals from the cave walls. I show slides of the
insides of the caves. We discuss how the people made these pictures and why.
Then I give them sticks and black paint(I tell them it's charcoal and berry
juice, and animal blood- same things the cave men used to draw on the walls)
and have them practice the drawings on paper. The next class they come to is
the "Cave Class". I use rolls of brown craft paper and tape it to 3 sides of
the tables and the floor so that it looks like a cave. The lights are out
when they come into the classroom and they are directed to a cave with
flashlights(which they bring in themselves). They are given a stick for
painting and a can full of the "paint mixture". They are allowed to visit
other caves and to overlap drawings since we see so many overlapped in the
pictures (slides, prints, newspaper articles). It is very difficult to not
drop paint blobs on the floor when painting with a stick on a vertical
surface. I use washable paint but their uniforms look like a disaster when
they are finished. I do have moms in to help me. I arm them with sponges and
tell them to check the cave floors constantly. The kids love it. Eighth
graders always tell me before they graduate that it was they project they
remember the most from their nine years in the school. The best thing is that
I love it too!
Jayne from PA