An Elementary Lesson Plan
The first artists were cave
Participate in a discussion
about primitive cave people
simulate an environment that
resembles a prehistoric cave
work as a part of a group
Stone Age, Cave Man, Texture,
large box (refrigerator box),
charcoal, tempera paints,
brown bulletin board or
1. Look at visuals of cave
paintings ie: Crystal Production's Cave Art Prints
2. Discuss the animals, why they
are drawn with small legs, what colors were
what materials the cavemen may
have used, what the purpose for the drawings was
3. Divide class into small
groups . Give each child some charcoal and a small amount of paint. Use
earth colors .
4. Have students draw an outline
of an animal they would hunt if they were a caveman.
5. Paint the drawing using the
colors that the Stone Age people would have used.
6. Have another small group come
paint inside the cave until everyone has had a turn.
7. Crumble up the brown butcher
paper, lay it flat, attach it to the outside of box. Have student s draw
stones and cliffs on the outside
8. Compare and contrast the wall
with the cave paintings.
Ask students how it feels to be
inside the cave. How do they think the cavemen felt about their cave.
1. Animal drawn using charcoal
2. Followed directions
3. Large animal drawn/painted
with earth colors
4. Worked cooperatively in
5. Participation in critique
6. Participation in building of
7. High craftsmanship
French Cave Paintings
Stone Age Tools
A Stone Age Project
Prehistoric Art and
Created by Tabitha Ward