Communicating Through Cave Paintings



How would you paint a picture or tell a story without a paintbrush or even a pencil? This week students gained a better understanding of how prehistoric people lived and communicated. Students created cave-like paintings using a variety of (messy) natural materials. Their paintings used symbols to communicate what their environments looks like. If our art room was our cave, what would be see? What would be paint? What would you want people to know?

By studying the cave painting discovered by teenagers in the Cave of Lascaux in France, students learned that pictures are more than pretty images, they are a form of communication. Students also experienced the difficulties prehistoric humans faced creating images using minimal materials.

Dirt & Sand (various colors)
Brown Paper or Paper Bags
Paint Brushes
Vegetable Shortening
Collection Cup
Plastic Spoon




Pre-K Valentine’s Day Hearts

I love teaching Pre-K because they are fearless, especially with clay. Last week we rolled two clay caterpillars and created these adorable clay heart pendants. The pendants were glazed then fired and made their way home around the necks of some of my favorite small people on Valentine’s Day.


Waiting for the clay to dry before going in the kiln. 


I HEART the finished product! 

5th Grade Styrofoam Printmaking

Check out the YouTube Tutorial: A Messy Art Room: Styrofoam Printmaking

As an artist, I love printmaking, so this week it was especially exciting to introduce students to an art technique I am so passionate about. This week 5th graders planned, drew, carved and printed! Dull pencils were used to carve into styrofoam plates (finally, a good purpose for a dull pencil). It was important for students to keep their drawings simple while also keeping in mind where they carved would print white. Students also had to remember that a print is a mirror image of their drawing!  Needless to say, there was a lot of problem solving taking place in the art room this week…


Problem Solving