Caves of Lascaux with 3rd grade
3rd grade (or any grade for that matter) loves this multi media project focusing on cave art. We draw, smudge :), find texture, crumple, spray paint hands, and rip our way to a final work of art.
The caves of Lascaux (or as I tell my students "Lost-Cow"), located in southwestern France in Montignac (Mon-tin-yak), is a complex of caves with art from the upper Paleolithic period (about 17,000 years ago). The caves were discovered in 1940 by an 18-year old local boy named Marcel Ravidat. There is a beautifully illustrated storybook for children called The Secret Cave, Discovering Lascaux by Emily McCully that I read with this lesson.
Rick Steves also has a tour of the caves I like to show.
Lets get to it. You'll need many things including time & patience but the overall effect is to create a piece of history with modern art tools.
Don't forget to tear your edges and mount your work on contrasting colored paper.
Here are a few examples by 3rd graders.
You can visit a small group of work that is displayed through October at the Austin Public Library- Spicewood branch.