Stone Age Cave Painting
We have been learning about the extraordinary discovery of ancient cave paintings in Lascaux, southwest France. Incredibly, they were discovered quite by accident when four boys played in the woods and their dog fell down a hole. The hole led to a series of tunnels with walls covered in paintings of animals. Stone Age people invented ways of lighting the dark caves to enable them to paint deep underground; they even invented an oil lamp using animal fat. Apparently, in the flickering light of the lamps, the animals look as if they are alive and running along the walls. One section of the caves is called The Hall of the Bulls and features four fearsome, huge, black bulls rampaging across the stone.
Below are a few photographs showing our own cave paintings in our classrooms. We are also busy making 3-dimensional caves with walls covered in real sand.