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Lesson Plans

Re: Cave Art

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Tue, 29 Oct 1996 17:08:30 -0800

Another idea that I have used for cave art in conjunction with 6th grade
studies on Early Humans is to prepare plaster of paris on old wooden
shingles. You could do this yourself if using Plaster of paris is a
safety issue. My students helped me, and enjoyed coating the dirty
shingles in a textured manner and adding some organic material that had
been accumulating on my old shingles. The dirt+plaster dries in about a
half hour and painting can begin right away. Like Christina, I have the
students prepare their brushes with materials that early humans might
have had access to. For paints, I let them use tempera, but severely
limit the palate to colors actually used in the french/spanish caves.
Also like Christina, the students have had a great deal of visual imput
and are encouraged to use the contours of the "cave wall", to decide
where to place their animals. I read a novel to my students during this
period called "Boy Of The Painted Cave", by Justin Denzel. The accounts
of his struggle to "do art" in the face of tradition and taboo really
gripped my students. It also inspired them to use some of the
techniques mentioned in the story. I drew the line on fresh blood in
the classroom! Weak stomach.
-- When their work was complete, the "cave paintings" were exhibited in
a local bank and the feedback from the community was a real plus for my
Later, Charlotte Griswold

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