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




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