Before Christmas I found a fabulous over sized book in the library all about the Chauvet Cave paintings called ‘Chauvet Cave, The Discovery of the World’s Oldest Paintings’ by Jean-Marie Chauvet, Eliette Brunel Deschamps, Christian Hillaire. It details how three cavers in 1994 (Ardéche, South East France) discovered by chance an hidden entrance to an underground cavern, inside they made the most exciting discovery. Paintings dating back 30,000 years covered the cave walls, there were also blackened remains of fires. Flint & bones littered the ground and footprints made by the stone age man were seen on the sandy floor.
With a little bit more research I found out that the Lascaux Caves were discovered by four boys in 1940 (South West France). The paintings in these caves date back 17,000 years.
For this project the children had fun mixing their own cave wall colour with powder paint. A large sheet of paper was painted using random brush strokes, texture was added by using a sponge too. Whilst the paint was still damp the paper was crunched into a ball to acheive a crinkly wall effect. Once straigtened back out the paper edges were carefully torn away for a rough old look.
Once dry, the children used charcoal and pastels to draw their own cave art. As an added extra I covered one wall with paper and let the children create their own cave graffiti.