this activity, the students share an experience with some of the world's
first artists as they paint on rocks and caves. It can be integrated
with both Aboriginal paintings or prehistoric
cave paintings. To begin with, share some examples of these ancient
paintings with the students to give them an idea of what kind of patterns
they might want to create. (It's an easy Google Image search.)
collect flat rocks for this project when I'm out jogging. Hopefully,
you have some place to go, too. Students select the rock they want
to paint and trace it on to a piece of paper. The
design for the rock must take into effect the positive and negative
space of the design. Consider what kind of textures might be added
to the painting. Just like in the color wheel project, students must
consider the complexity or simplicity of the painting.
a full color sketch of their design on the paper tracing. They
may choose to use the natural color of the rock for a background or
use any color scheme including primary, secondary, cool, warm, analogous,
complementary, intermediate, and monochromatic colors. (Three colors
plus black and white should be enough for this project.)
of the design, use the "Homemade Carbon
Paper" method to transfer the design to the rock. Never
heard of it? Well, it is a great little trick. Using soft leaded
pencils, color the back of the sketch. Next, place the sketch on top
of the rock. Tape it in place on the left and right with little pieces
of masking tape. It's not difficult to transfer the design to the
surface. When you trace on top of the sketch, the pencil lead on the
back of the page will transfer the art to the surface of the rock.
You don't need to push hard.
Okay, I let
the students use brushes to paint the background and most of the objects
on the rocks. However, I want them to have a bit of a prehistoric
experience. There are no fine brushes. So, just like the early artists,
they need to use sticks or whatever else they can find for fine details.
is dry, spray the finished work with an acrylic spray.
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