2012 Feb- Cave Painting

September 25th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

FEBRUARY 1st                                            Cave Painting –Earliest Art
Training sessions are held in the cafeteria at 9:30 AM and repeated at 7:00PM.  You need only attend one session.

Cave paintings have been found throughout the world, especially in Europe. The Lascaux Cave was discovered in 1940 in southwestern France, filled with incredible work created by the early Magdalenian artists about 18,000 years ago.  The cave contains 600 paintings (large and small), almost 1500 engravings. The cave artists used flint points to create the fine engravings, while animal hair and skin were used to make brushes or sponges along with their fingers, to fill in the engraved shapes. They would also blow pigment through a hollow tube using their mouths to fill in the shapes or create a handprint.  The colors they used were red, yellow, brown, black, and white, made from minerals ground into powder or turned into a chalk-like crayon. Using torches for light in the deep caves, the detailed images are mostly of animals they hunted in real life – bison, bulls, horses, aurochs, stags, rhinoceros, and mammoths.  Experts think that the artists painted hunting scenes to ensure the real hunts were successful, while other scenes were used to cure illnesses or to ward off evil spirits. It is likely the paintings were also used to pass down memories to future generations since these people did not read or write.

More information on cave paintings at Lascaux.

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