Kids Make Cave Art
The lights are low, and on the projector, a virtual fire is crackling. Katie Malone Smith, Monument Valley’s art teacher, sounds a drum. Students join the circle one by one, as the drum is passed around.
It’s part of a unit the MVM art students have been working for about a month. They’ve researched caves like the Chauvet Caves and Lascaux, and the prehistoric people who made the mysterious cave art. Now it’s their turn to make cave art.
Tables covered with big brown paper are tilted at an angle to look like cave walls. Students pass around paints and paintbrushes. They converse about which animals or patterns they should draw. And, finally, the fun begins.
Brushstrokes become creatures as the period goes on. Kids use what they have learned to make beautiful images. When the bell rings, the students see how the once plain brown paper has been transformed. Their paintings will soon be displayed along with the work of other students in the school hallway.