By Kathy G.
Cougar News Blog
Cactus Canyon’s art class just finished a project comparing and contrasting prehistoric man to modern day society by looking at the famous Lascaux cave paintings.
Teacher Paige Reesor wanted her students to realize that what was important to people in the past is very different to what is important to people now.
“The Lascaux cave paintings showed hunting animals and surviving,” said Reesor. “While the students focused more on how technology has changed, and things like hygiene, fast food, money, books, music, and medicine.”
Before starting the assignment, Reesor taught the students what the Lascaux paintings were, and had a variety of ways to do so. The French caves are over 17,000 years old and known for their paintings of animals.
“I presented the class PowerPoint slides on the Lascaux cave paintings, and a virtual tour inside the cave,” said Reesor. “I took the students step-by-step on how to use different art materials, keeping everyone at the same pace.”
The students were also able to use many art materials, like water color paints, India ink, calligraphy pens, and soft pastel.
“I wanted my students to get a chance to work with a range of different materials,” said Reesor.
Reesor feels her students went above and beyond her expectations, and that the lessons went very well.
“I learned about cave paintings and the color techniques,” said seventh grader Marijane Jimenez.