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ERIC Number: EJ914374
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6463
Art Rocks with Rock Art!
Bickett, Marianne
SchoolArts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, v110 n6 p36-37 Feb 2011
This article discusses rock art which was the very first "art." Rock art, such as the images created on the stone surfaces of the caves of Lascaux and Altimira, is the true origin of the canvas, paintbrush, and painting media. For there, within caverns deep in the earth, the first artists mixed animal fat, urine, and saliva with powdered minerals to create paintings on rocks in black, white, and red. Many of these forms etched or painted on rocks and rock surfaces are strikingly abstract, while others are so realistic one would think they were created by a Baroque master. Lovely horses embedded in stone galloping in herds across the plains with bison superimposed over them produced intriguing palimpsests of the time when humans were first inspired to express beauty and aspirations, and to record events. These images, preserved for epochs, have been found all over the world, from the caves of Europe to the more recent Native American sites. In this article, the author offers some art-making ideas for students to learn the concepts of "pictograph" (painting, additive) and "petroglyph" (subtractive process). (Contains 3 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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