Become a Cave Artist

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Date(s) - 19/Nov/2016
10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Avenue Campus, Bldg 65, Room 1143

At Hands-On Humanities Day, join us for the hands-on activity Become a Cave Artist, designed for children and adults by Archaeology.

Cave artist in action!
Cave artist in action!

Learn about cave art, including how it is made and what it tells us about early humans. Take a turn making your own pigments and art in our very own cave!

Becoming a Cave Artist will be running all day, but be sure not to miss the three special learning sessions taking place at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm (Great for all ages!).

In these sessions you will get in-depth knowledge of cave painting practices. Each of these learning sessions will begin with a brief introduction to the study of cave art, including chronology/dating, geographical distribution, materials/colours, methods, themes/ motifs and interpretations. Learn about the contexts in which cave art appeared and flourished as one of the early – if not the earliest – artistic expressions of our species.

The activity will have an important practical component in which you will be able to learn how to prepare and produce the pigments used to paint, and apply the colours, with your fingers (wipes will be provided), paintbrushes or with a blowing technique (through straws), to reproduce your favourite figures from animals to hand-stencils.

You will be amazed by the variety of information cave art gives us about early humans, their natural surroundings and social structure. Come on board with us to explore ancient techniques, and ideas on symbolic and ritual practices of our ancestors.

Pre-booking is not required for any of the three cave art learning sessions, but be sure to book your free day tickets to Hands-On Humanities.

*For detailed directions on how to reach this event at the Avenue Campus, and information on parking, please visit this map link.


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