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Lesson Plans

cave art

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Sun, 31 Jan 1999 14:02:48 EST

Bluestruth and others, I too am doing the Cave Art thing right now.
Had students take turns reading sentences out loud from a page from The World
of Art on Lascaux cave art. We did a thinking box together based on that. A
thinking box is like a web (main idea in the middle, with details coming out
from the center). Be sure to include dates, location, subjects painted, tools
and materials used, etc... Then I gave each pair of students one small print
of a Lascaux Cave Painting and another Thinking Box. They worked on filling
in the Thinking Box together using details from the artwork. The title of the
print was used in the Main Idea box. I told them next time they would enter
"the cave".
I think I grabbed this idea from someone on this list. We created a cave for
the kids to enter to grab their attention. My husband and I made a fake fire
from a tomato stake cage, covered with chicken wire and then with different
layers of colored cellophane. Put a flashlight inside to light it. Made the
cave entrance out of butcher paper to cover the door (thought about having
them crawl through one of those tunnels they use in PE). Covered the windows
with dark paper. All of this was ready when they walked in. Once inside the
cave, students
sat in a circle of chairs around the fire and took turns giving a 1-2 minutes
presentation of their Cave Painting by showing the print and talking based on
notes they made on their Thinking Box the previous day. This took 15-20
After all we done and we'd discussed them a little to make sure everything I
wanted them to know was covered we moved to the wall (the blackboard covered
with crumpled up butcher paper). I gave them charcoal sticks, chalks and had
them create their own animal based cave drawing. Took 10 minutes max. Came
out great.
We went up to the classrooms and got on the Internet and searched for Cave Art
web sites (thanks to Sandra Barrick and others for sharing). There is so much
information out there.
I introduced them to the draw and paint layers of Clarisworks using computers
in their classrooms. They each did a sketch of an animal they wanted to
reproduce on the computer first. They were able to work on the drawings, add
backgrounds, textures, etc... during free time in class as well as during art
I put up a display in the hallway using the Story we'd read, the Thinking
Boxes, the Cave Art Murals and the computer art we'd printed out. I took each
class to the display and we discussed some of the similarities of the computer
art animals we'd made and the Cave Art we'd been looking at. Due to the
nature of getting used to drawing and painting on the computer both looked

Hope this helps. -Becca