Third graders read about cave paintings, some of which date back to 40,000 years ago. We discussed what would have motivated early men and women to venture into these dark and spooky caves and to make images on their walls. We discovered that the creative impulse is not unique to a few, but shared by all mankind.
Early men and women found time to express themselves through the images they made on cave walls, but they were limited in the tools they had available to make these works of art. In the spirit of these images, third graders collected pine needles and made our own paint brushes. We used charcoal, a readily available resource of the era, to emphasis elements of our drawings. Then we painted in the dark, while some students used crank operated flashlights to connect with the idea of working by the light of a fire.