Throughout class discussion and project experience, students will be encouraged to imagine themselves into the experience of our ancestors and their environment during the period encompassing the first archeological records of art. For example, the use of earths, charcoal and other plant materials for paints and dyes, and the development of tools like brushes will be explored through students crafting their own paints and brushes, then using them to create murals in the studio classroom. In addition to painting, students will explore three other craft techniques that have roots in human pre-history: weaving, pottery, and jewelry. Students will come away with direct experience in adapting and modifying materials in their environment for personal and communal artistic expression. A greater appreciation for the earliest known efforts of human artistic expression will be experienced.
Outcomes students will
• Explore through hands-on projects, how materials in the environment may have been adapted for artistic use.
• Employ methods of pre-historic tool making and art production.
• Gain knowledge of artmaking created before recorded history.
• Learn to identify and modify organic elements from the environment.
• Produce art in both the two-dimensional and three dimensional realm.