This week, at the ‘Connect With Nature Through Art’ class, learned all about cave paintings. We made paint with dirt and butter and we even played shadow tag at the end.
What We did
When we were ready for our nature walk, we gathered up a bowl and spoon each and went off in search of different shades of dirt. They each chose a shade of dirt and gathered about a cup of it up. We also grabbed a couple of really big rocks.
When we got back to the table, the kids mixed about 2 tablespoons of butter with their dirt till the paint was like a thick paste.
I gave them some cardstock, paintbrushes and popsicle sticks. I suggested they paint a portrait of their family or something in their life that was important to them just like the people who lived in caves would have.
We painted for about an hour. By the end the whole table (and us) were a total mess.
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What We Learned
Before we went one our nature walk, I showed the kids some famous cave paintings and told them a little bit about them.
The first one we talked about was the ‘Cueva De Los Manos,’ or the ‘ Cave of Hands.’
They learned that often, hands were painted to depict people and that many who lived in caves would paint their families or historical events.
Then we talked about the cave paintings that were discovered in the 1940’s by some boys in France near the Sistine Chapel.
The Fun We Had
This was a VERY messy project and it would have looked to anyone else that we were just painting with mud. But, we didn’t care because it was a lot of fun and a great way to learn about how art was made thousands of years ago.
One thing that really stands out was when one of the girls decided to wipe the mud from her hands all the way down her shirt. We had wet wipes, so this was not necessary. She had been painting with her fingers. The paint was almost to her elbows. I was taking photos of the other girl and out of the corner of my eye, before I could stop her, down slides BOTH her hands from the top of her shirt to the middle of her pants. I said “Hey! Why didn’t you use the wipes?” I had been pretty quiet for a while to let them work, so when I suddenly spoke, she jumped. The look on her face was priceless. Unfortunately, I was unable to get a shot of the way she looked when she was explaining why it made more sense to use her clothes than the wet wipes right beside her. Haha.
The other girl turned to me with a look of confusion and said “She lives on a farm. She is used to mud.” Well, the shirt and pants are clean no more.
I was a nanny for over ten years. Now, I make homemade toys and write full time. Occasionally, I work at my local schools and provide back- up child care for some parents I used to work for and for my church's nursery. I am multi-talented and loves to paint, draw, crochet, write and sew.