It’s great to be back in the art room with the Shady Oak students. This year, Primary will be taking an historical approach to art. So where to start but at the beginning! Students learned that man has been making art for 30,000 years and has left his mark on cave walls all over the world. The most incredible examples of these can be found in the caves of France. At the start of the week students watched a DVD about the paintings found in the Chauvet Cave. Here is a condensed version of what the children watched http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZrZxyRBAlM. They learned that art is primarily a way for man to communicate. In prehistoric times he was painting his surroundings and telling us about the animals with which he had to share the earth. Students were each given a piece of brown paper and asked to draw an animal they had seen on walls of the cave in the DVD. Lions, bears, buffalos, horses and deer were some of their choices. They fist tore the edges of the brown paper, drew the outline of their animal in pencil, crumpled their piece of paper to give it an aged look and then used oil pastels to give their drawings color. The students did a fabulous job and their work will be displayed in their own cave. We will be recreating our own cave exploration by flashlight next week when the other half of Primary complete their drawings.