Last week throughout Delta County, children participated in the summer reading program at local libraries. The program allowed them to tap into their creative "Neanderthal" side and make their own cave art.
The kids learned about the history and meaning of cave art. The title of the program was "Ancient Art Through Cave Paintings." The children explored the history of ancient France and the Lascaux Cave. The Lascaux Cave was found near the small town of Montignac in Southern France. It was found in 1940 by local teens. The cave is believed to be 17,300 years old and is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The children investigated how prehistoric people used art to communicate. They enjoyed having the opportunity to communicate in a language long forgotten. Art, after all, is a language, and this art form is the precursor to all of the literature we read today. Like most art, meanings were left up to interpretation. The kids were enamored as they observed each other's drawings, and were asked to interpret the "stories."
The kids thoroughly enjoyed learning how cave art was made. "Imagine no refrigerators, no light bulbs, no staircases, no gel pens or crayons or markers, and no flat walls! Now tell a story through pictures on the wall," Cara Morton, the Cedaredge Librarian mused. "Art over the years has changed so much, but at its core it is still the same," Morton continued, "Programs like this allow the children to develop a healthy appreciation for art and literature from a unique perspective. Times have changed and a unique perspective is often what is needed to reach children who are used to video games and computers." When the program concluded, you could hear the joy in the children's voices as they walked away. "I had never been to a cave before," one child was overheard saying. Now he has had the chance to be there, through the transforming power of art and reading.blog comments powered by Disqus