Submitted by: Ingrid Piccirilli / Pandora Argue
Grade Level: 2/3
- Long rolls of brown paper that you can buy at any art store (same texture as brown grocery bags).
- Black and terra cotta color charcoal sticks (We cut up the charcoal sticks into 2 or 3 pieces to reduce cost of buying one for each child. Also if you cannot find the charcoal sticks you can use oil pastels for the black and terra cotta, but they don’t spread as easily…)
- White and brown oil pastels
- STEP 1: MTM Volunteer should first present the online video of the LasCaux Caves and go through the Pre Historic power point presentation so that they get a feel for the simplicity and “story telling” aspect of cave art.
I used a power point presentation on the following website titled Prehistoric Art (there are several):
http://earlyhumans.mrdonn.org/powerpoints/caveart.html (link on side bar)
And the video on the LasCaux Caves on the following link:
STEP 2: Prep Ahead: Cut or tear the brown paper into large (20 by 15 inch piece) rectangular like shapes. It is better if it is not a clean edge scissor cut or exact triangle. Then roll the pieces into little balls and massage it so that when you open them up, they will appear wrinkled.
STEP 3: Tell the kids you want them to draw using earth tone colors (only provide earth tones as they will use bright colors if they are available!)
STEP 4: They will ask what to draw: Keep a slide up from the Power Point presentation and use that as a guide. Also, you can provide a large poster board of sample drawings or print outs from the internet that they can refer to.
STEP 5: Encourage them to take up the entire piece of paper and to have at least on very large drawing.