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Wooly Mammoths

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Our first class for the Fall session travelled back in time to the Lascaux caves in France. They are famous for the Palaeolithic cave paintings found in a complex of caves in the Dordogne region of southwestern France. The exceptional quality, size, and sophistication of the paintings has given them the rightful designation as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Estimated to be up to 20,000 years old, the paintings are primarily of large animals that were once native to the region. The cave contains nearly 2,000 figures, which can be grouped into three main categories: animals, human figures, and abstract signs. Most of the major images have been painted onto the walls using red, yellow, and black colours from a complex mix of minerals and pigments.

Students used a variety of chalk pastels to create their own rock walls. Next we used a printing technique to apply our Mammoths. We finished everything off with paint!

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