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Rock art

  1. 1. “Outside, Over There” Art Literacy Ninety-One School 2013-2014
  2. 2. ROCK ART Communicating with Pictures
  3. 3. Experiencing Art • What do you see? • What do you feel? • What do you wonder?
  4. 4. What do you see? What do you feel? What do you wonder?
  5. 5. Petroglyphs • A carving made on the surface of the rock. These carvings are found world-wide, and are often associated with prehistoric peoples. • Comes from the Greek words Petro“stone/rock”, and glyphein, which means “to carve” • Carved with stone and bone tools
  6. 6. Newspaper Rock, Utah
  7. 7. Pictographs •Images painted onto the rock surface •Paint typically made with minerals found in the earth. The predominantly used colors were RED, BLACK and WHITE. •Pigment powder was ground and mixed with a liquid. •Paint applied with fingers, a brush or stamps. •Some tribes would put hands or feet on the rock and blow paint or powder around it to leave a print.
  8. 8. WHY? •Telling a story. The natives peoples wanted to tell hunting stories, stories of their families and what life was like. •Communicating their beliefs. Often rock art shows us what the various tribes worshiped or held in high importance •Communicating with others. Traveling tribes would leave drawings to tell others where water and game was. Maybe what areas to avoid. Newspaper rock was one of those places. It was an information center. Tribes traveling through would
  9. 9. Why?
  10. 10. Rock Art in Ireland • Rock art is found all over Ireland, as well as most of Europe. • A place called Loughcrew (Ireland) has art that they believe to be about 5,000 years old. That’s older than the pyramids • Looking at the following pictures. Can you tell me what a popular symbol was?
  11. 11. Loughcrew Ireland Petroglyph or Pictograph?
  12. 12. Inis Moore, Aran Islands
  13. 13. Compare European and American Rock Art Important symbols? Similarities?
  14. 14. Rock Art Today • Artists are still using rocks to communicate. What do you think this artist likes? What is important to her/him?
  15. 15. Student Rock Art
  16. 16. Your Piece of Rock Art • Before you begin we think about what you want to say with your art? • What is important to you? What is a symbol that says something about you? What are your favorite things? What do you want others to know? • Be inspired by the Nature Idea Wall! • Now how can you put that on your rock?
  17. 17. Steps to Create Rock Art 1. Select a rock 2. Put your first name and year on “the back” with the Sharpie marker 3. Get Supplies: cup of water, paint tray, brush, paper towels 4. Volunteers will squeeze out paint - What colors do you need? Please use only what you need 5. Think about how your painting will fit on the rock. 6. When changing colors clean brush in water and dry on paper towel. Blend colors as needed. 7. When finished take rock to your “class” table.
  18. 18. What next? • Spray on sealant to protect from weather • Place along inner circle of Memorial Garden for permanent display