Prehistoric Art is the fifth unit in the Layers of Learning Art Beginnings course. This unit covers cave paintings, petroglyphs, and other ancient art found around the world. It contains sections on:
- Natural Materials
- Rock Art
- Cave Paintings
In this unit you will find these activities:
- Make your own brushes and pigments from natural materials you find outside
- Paint on a rock like ancient people did
- Compare the symbols used by cave artists from around the world
- Make your own petroglyphs with a nail and a rock
- Paint on a paper bag “rock wall”
- Tell your own cave painting story with printables
- Make a life size sidewalk chalk sketch of a bull from Lascaux cave
- Leave your own handprint mark with paint like the people in Cueva de las Manos
- And many more!
Each Layers of Learning Arts unit includes library lists of books, a family read-aloud suggestion, hands-on activities, printables and paper crafts, sidebars for extra learning, and tools to help you assess student’s progress and mastery. You can learn more about how Layers of Learning works in the Curriculum Guide or learn to teach art with the Arts Guidebook for mentors.
Here is an inside view of a double page spread from Prehistoric Art:
The center is filled with lesson plans, hands-on activities that cement the learning and make it fun. The sidebars are for extra tidbits, rabbit trails, and writing and reading ideas. The mentor chooses among the activities and sidebars to design a custom learning plan for your family or class.
This unit was written to be used for a month but contains plenty of content for many more weeks of learning if you choose. This is a pick-and-choose curriculum, meant to be cycled back to in the future when your child is older. As such, it intentionally includes far more material than you can possibly cover in a month.
Prehistoric Art is also part of the overall Art Beginnings course, the first Year of the four year Layers of Learning Arts cycle. If you use the program in order, it will take you though the art in chronological order, tracking with the Layers of Learning History units. However, each unit stands alone and can be used independently of any other unit.
This unit comes with a downloadable Printable Pack that includes all the student worksheets. The printables can be copied as many times as needed for your family or class.
You can download the Printable Pack from your receipt or from your account at Layers of Learning.
This unit comes with extra weblinks and a YouTube video playlist on the Art Beginnings Resources page.