ACTIVITY – Interpreting Paleolithic and Neolithic Art
Humans have been producing art works for at least seventy-three thousand years.
Look at the following art, which dates back to the Paleolithic Age – the Old Stone Age, before humans discovered how to farm. For each piece, respond to the following:
- Describe what you see with your eyes (figures, colors, size, etc)
- Offer an interpretation – What was this artist trying to communicate? What was the purpose of this art?
- What can we learn about this artist’s way of life from this art?
- What modern artwork or form of expression does this ancient piece remind you of, and why?
What art will you leave behind as a testament to your presence on Earth? Create your own piece of “rock art” – though please don’t paint it on the classroom wall – depicting the important things in your life.
More information about each piece can be found here.
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