The Gr. 5/6 Class Explores Cave Art!

This week, we took a virtual trip to the caves of Lascaux, France, where we discovered one of the oldest art forms – cave art! After learning about the story of the discovery of Lascaux Cave, we ventured to the “Hall of the Bulls”. Using an Arts-Based Inquiry approach, we began to ponder the meaning behind these images, and whether or not the subject matter had a deeper symbolism for these Paleolithic artists. By closely analyzing the figures, students noted the abstract style and a common theme within each motif – they all depicted animals and hunting, and they seemed to tell a story.

After our lesson, it was time to channel our inner cave artist! After studying the main cave art symbols, students were asked to make their own cave art on paper (rather than on a rock canvas)! The students not only had to choose the symbols they wanted to include on their cave wall, but their art and images had to tell a story. After they had finished, students crumpled up their paintings, which created a rugged, rock-like texture. We ended our art class with an interesting discussion on the definition of art. Does all art need to tell a story? Does all art need to be hyper realistic? Or, can art simply exist for art’s sake? How has the purpose of art changed over time? Stay tuned for more art history adventures in the Grade 5&6 class!

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