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Objectives:

1. Students will be able to discuss and examine cave art.
2. Students will be able to create cave art using charcoal and pastels, to be part of an installation on cave art.

Important Vocabulary:
medium
charcoal
installation
paleolithic
contemporary


Cave paintings are paintings on cave walls and ceilings, and the term is used especially for those dating to prehistoric times. They are found in many places all over the world. The earliest European cave paintings date to some 32,000 years ago. The purpose of the paleolithic cave paintings is not known. The evidence suggests that they were not merely decorations of living areas, since the caves in which they have been found do not have signs of ongoing habitation. Also, they are often in areas of caves that are not easily accessed.

Who did the art ? What does it mean? Why did they make it?
· hunting magic, meant to increase the number of animals
· shamans would retreat into the darkness of the caves, enter into a trance state and then paint images of their visions, perhaps with some notion of drawing power out of the cave walls themselves
· a wide range of skill and ages among the artists , including females.

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