This classroom activity will give students a hands-on experience creating prehistoric paints and prehistoric cave art. Individuals should come away with a better understanding of early man's struggles to create pigments and paints; then to create images on rocky surfaces.
Students can be divided into small groups, however this project works best with each individual creating their own prehistoric work of art. It is best to mix up paints ahead of time and then let your students create smaller quantities to appreciate the process.
Once paints have been mixed have students recreate famous cave paintings on their stone or paver. If you prefer...kraft paper can be used. Tape the paper in awkward positions such as on the underside of a table. In this position students can appreciate the challenges of painting in a real cave.