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The Story of how some of the caves in France/Spain were discovered: The boys
were playing with their dog and he disappeared. They discovered that the dog
had fallen into a hole. When they got a light and rescue tools to get him
out, they found the cave with all the paintings on it.
About using all the parts of an animal, we discuss how they might have
captured the animal--using animal bone parts as throwing sticks, etc. how
they would eat the meat, how they used their teeth to remove the fat so they
could use the skins for covering, etc., they could use a skull to hold paint
that they made by mixing animal fat with powdered clays, they could use a
pelvic bone for a dish, etc, etc. I try to help them understand that these
human beings were very resourceful and could probably help us out if something
occurred in our town that cut us off from the things upon which we depend.
Yes, these gorgeous walls are bumpy. Over the past five years, children have"
seen" animals and been allowed to show the rest of the group with paint, like
the very first cold and hungry cave man may have shown the very first drawing
on the very first cave wall to the first appreciative audience. I tell the
children that the artist then, was one of the first paid jobs, because the
hunters may have gone to hunt for him and let him stay home to paint. Also,
that these artists were fore-runners of all scientists because they were
observing data and recording it.
About the American Art Classics--the post office. My post office knows I am
the art teacher, so they show me all the special stamps.
I hope you know about the terrific stamp contest your post office is running
right now. You don't even have to send it in yourself. There are entry
blanks at all post offices. But the deadline is October 17. It's for ages 8
Judy in Jersey