Caves of Lascaux with 3rd grade

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. 

The Secret Cave: Discovering Lascaux
$11.70
By Emily Arnold McCully

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. 

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 Picasso face off with 2nd grade

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