To familiarize students with Prehistoric art, the reasons for it, the subject matter depicted, style and colors used. This project is integrated with a 4th grade study of Native people.
Did you know that people native to Utah created art on rocks?
Go to Utah Rock Art Research Association website, and look at some examples. Some of these examples of work were created over 14,000 years ago.
Did you also know that there were also native people from other parts of the world that were doing similar work on rock walls and even in caves? We are going to look at some of this type of art too, specifically from a cave in the town of Lascaux in France.
Video: The Discovery of Lascaux Cave
What did you see?
(animals-bulls, horses, deer, birds, and people)
Why were the images painted on the walls in the first place?
The paintings were made about 20,000 years ago by people living at that time. Scientists believe they were painted because prehistoric people believed in “Hunting Magic”, and the theory suggests that the people that painted them, did it during rituals designed to gain power over the animals they hunted.