Cave Art Paintings | Lascaux Cave History and Art Lesson

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Lascaux Cave History and Art Lesson

Lascaux Cave is located in southwestern France and contains some of the most well preserved cave art in the world. Students will have fun learning about the history of the cave in a short powerpoint presentation and then creating their own cave art drawing.

The Art Project

Using brown construction paper or grocery bags, students will create their own prehistoric drawing. This is a simple, yet engaging, art lesson for kids, perfect for elementary aged students. For an extra twist, you could tape the paper underneath the desks and turn off the lights for a more "cave-like" experience.

The History

In 1940, WWII was raging and the Germans were taking Europe by storm. During this tumultuous time, 4 boys on the lookout for a lost dog found Lascaux Cave. At first they wanted to keep the cave a secret but too many people heard about it and knowledge of the cave spread like wildfire. It was believed that the paintings inside were very old yet the drawings on the wall were very well preserved and were not even faded. A brief powerpoint teaches students more about the history of the Lascaux cave paintings.

PowerPoints Included

#1 - Location of the caves

#2 - Discovery of the caves

#3 - About the Cave (including information on the Hall of Bulls)

#4 - What kind of pictures are included and how many pictures there are

#5 - How the pictures were made

#7-11 - Examples of pictures from the cave (Children guess what they think the pictures are)

#12 - Explanation and example art project

#13 - Cave art symbols to be used as examples for the students

I hope you enjoy this Lascaux Cave Art project as much as we did. I recommend checking out a picture book on the Lascaux caves and reading that to your students as well. There were several at our local library.

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Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.
Introduce a topic clearly, provide a general observation and focus, and group related information logically; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
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