Lines and Shapes in Prehistoric Art- C1W1 Lesson Plan


Introduce students to the Prehistoric art of Cave Paintings and Rock Art while teaching them about Lines and Shapes, two of the 7 Elements of Art.

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This lesson plan introduces the 7 Elements of Art and dives deeper into Lines and Shapes using the prehistoric art of cave paintings and rock art as examples. Students will practice creating art with lines and shapes on an uneven surface (similar to rocks and cave walls) by drawing on paper that has been crumpled into a ball and then flattened back out! Two different step-by-step pictorial instructions are included to help guide students along in the drawing process.

Since we study Ancient – Medieval History in cycle 1 of Classical Conversations, this project works great for the cycle 1 week 1, 30 minute fine arts lesson on basic shapes.

This 15 page lesson plan includes the following:

  • An introduction to the prehistoric art of cave paintings and rock art
  • An explanation of Lines and Shapes, two of the 7 Elements of Art
  • “The 7 Elements of Art” poster
  • A carefully crafted sentence about Prehistoric Art (ideal for memorization)
  • Vocabulary words and definitions
  • References to additional resources
  • 7 Photographs of cave paintings and rock art from around the world
  • Detailed Art Project instructions
  • Materials List
  • Step-by-step pictorial instructions for How to Draw a Peregrine Falcon
  • Step-by-step pictorial instructions for How to Draw a Rhinoceros
  • Options for scaling the art project up or down depending on the experience level of your art students
  • Encore suggestions- These are ideas tutors can offer students for how they can repeat the lesson at home with a fun twist. If you have several hours to complete this art project, you may want to try one of these suggestions in class.

This lesson is available, at a discount, in the “Ancient Art Drawing Package,” which includes 6 lesson plans and is ideal for weeks 1-6 of Fine Arts in a cycle 1 Classical Conversations Foundations community.

*Check out our free blog post and podcast all about Prehistoric art too: Prehistoric Art Blog Post and Podcast Episode

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Single User (and up to 10 students), 2-4 Users (and up to 40 students), 5-10 Users (and up to 100 students)


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