Merging Prehistoric & Contemporary Technology
Ford, Denise, Conway, Jeanne, School Arts
Most middle school students, even many adults, think that art did not exist in prehistoric times. It's quite a surprise for them to view the art left behind in the caves of Lascaux and Altamira and to speculate why ancient peoples painted these beautiful animals and symbols.
Using Both High and Low Tech
We introduced the sixth grade to cave paintings in two ways: in computer class the students investigated the Lascaux Web site and toured the cave online, making Web sites for their own imagined caves. In art class, students were introduced to cave art from Lascaux and other ancient caves and made their own version out of natural art materials.
The Computer Project
After interacting with the Lascaux Web site, students were introduced to Micro Worlds Pro software. First, they used the painting tools to construct a cave of their own. They added features such as rivers, lakes, and crevices. Once the caves were created, students gave five locations in the cave special names similar to the ones they saw on the Web site. Each location had a linking symbol. One special location, the one incorporating the student's name, actually linked to a new page in Micro Worlds.
Students took digital photographs of their cave drawings completed in the art class. They placed these photos on a new page in Micro Worlds, and this was the destination for the special location's link. On a third page, students wrote short stories about how their caves were "discovered" and added special biographical information about the "finder" (the student). This page was also a destination link from the original page.
Finally, the students went to the Web site (www.wordreference.com) to find a French name for their completed cave. They were to look at their caves and determine what they most closely resembled (a fish? …