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Lesson based on: FIRST PAINTER By Kathryn Lasky Paintings by Rocco Baviera. Art Concept: Value Reading Strategy: Inference, Inferring By Carolyn Wilhelm. www.wikipedia.com. Inferring Q and a this document has a long list of questions and answers. Standards. Lesson plan .
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By Kathryn Lasky
Paintings by Rocco Baviera
Art Concept: Value
Reading Strategy: Inference,
By Carolyn Wilhelm
Inferring Q and a
this document has a long list of questions and answers
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Students read a wide range of literature from many periods
in many genres to build an understanding of the many dimensions
(e.g., philosophical, ethical, aesthetic) of human experience.
Objectives for this lesson:
1. Introduce art concept: VALUE (the lightness and darkness of a color) Paint, part 1
2. Consider specific words, phrases, and sentences using the reading strategy
comprehension skill of inference.
3. Create art pieces using value. Students will apprentice themselves to the art work in the gook FIRST
PAINTER by Kathryn Lasky, Paintings by Rocco Baviera. Students will create interpretations to enrich
and deepen their experience in a text.
·MN.I.B. Reading and Literature: Vocabulary Expansion: The student will use a variety of strategies to develop and expand reading, listening and speaking vocabularies.
·I.B.4. Use context to predict and infer word meanings.
·MN.I.C. Reading and Literature: Comprehension: The student will actively engage in the reading process and use a variety of comprehension strategies to understand the meaning of texts that have been read or listened to.
·I.C.6. Make simple inferences and draw and support conclusions.
·I.C.8. Write or draw a response that shows comprehension of a story that has been read.
·MN.I.D. Reading and Literature: Literature: The student will actively engage in the reading process and read,
understand, respond to and appreciate a wide variety of fiction, poetic and non-fiction texts.
·I.D.1. Read from and listen to texts representing a variety of genres (such as poetry, folk tales, drama, fantasy, realistic fiction, informational and biographical texts) from America, as well as from other countries.
The Cave Painter of Lascaux
This book would be a nice addition to this lesson.
Imagine you were one of the first people living on earth when nature was all there was; no buildings, no stores, no pencils, no paints, no furniture.
If you didn't know anything about art, can you imagine wiggling into a cave and getting the idea to paint on the walls?
The cave was discovered on 12 September 1940 by four teenagers:
Marcel Ravidat, Jacques Marsal, Georges Agnel, and Simon Coencas,
as well as Ravidat's dog, Robot.
The cave was closed to the public in 1963 in order to preserve the art.
After the cave was closed, the paintings were restored to their original state,
and are now monitored on a daily basis.
Rooms in the cave include:
The Great Hall of the Bulls
The Lateral Passage
Shaft of the Dead Man
Chamber of Engravings
Chamber of Felines
Photos and information from the Wikipedia Creative Commons
Notably, the paintings contain no images of the
surrounding landscape or the vegetation of the time.
Over 900 can be identified as animals. There are also many geometric figures.
Of the animals, equines predominate, with 364 images.
There are 90 paintings of stags.
Also represented are cattle and bison.
A smattering of other images include seven felines, a bird, a bear,
a rhinoceros, and a human.
Among the most famous images are four huge, black bulls or aurochs in the Hall of the Bulls.
There are no images of reindeer, even though that was the principal source of food for the artists.
Which of these horses might have been painted on cave walls in prehistoric times?
When you answer, please explain how you know!
Do any of these pictures seem right?
Do you see anything wrong with this picture?
EdSitement, lesson plan from the National Endowment for the Humanities:
Cave Art: Discovering Prehistoric Humans through Pictures
The Cave of Lascaux
The Cave of Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc
Emuseum of Minnesota State University Mankato
From the home page, click on sections titled "Prehistory"
and "Archaeology" on the right-side menu.
A PBS podcast of going inside caves for kids
Wikipedia Article on the Cave of Lascaux
Wikipedia article with cave art
Why do you think the art may tell?
From the National Geographic Society's
Book, PAINTERS OF THE CAVE:
"One cave has more horses than any other animal; yet bones at the nearby campsite show that the people ate mostly reindeer. At another cave, the paintings show horses and mammoths; again, bones tell of reindeer."
Why do you think there are there no reindeer paintings on the cave walls?
Lightness (sometimes value) is a property of a color, or a dimension of a color space,
that is defined in a way to reflect the subjective brightness perception of a color
for humans along a lightness-darkness axis. A color's lightness also corresponds
to its amplitude.
Try using just a few shades of one or two colors and create your own cave art. Sign it with your hand or thumb print!
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