Why did the first people create art? Was it magic, religion, communication, or were they just documenting their world? The truth is, we don’t know. These artworks were created before written history, so archaeologists can make some good theories and guesses, but we’ll never truly know.
I’ve created a new lesson for that gets students thinking about these ideas as well as how the way of life of the paleolithic and neolithic people influenced the art they made.
This lesson covers Upper Paleolithic art (Venus figures and cave paintings) and Neolithic art (architecture and pottery). It includes a lot of discussion and thinking questions and student interaction. It works for high school, college, and middle school.
This prehistoric art lesson zip file includes:
- PowerPoint (32 slides)
- Student Lecture Notes Worksheet (PDF and DOC)
- Quiz (PDF and DOC)
- Quiz Answer Key
- Possible Assessment Questions (PDF and DOC)
- Conventions Handout
- Video Link
All files include an editable format so you can customize to fit your needs.
If you are a member of The Art Curator for Kids Resource Library, you can get this lesson and all of my other resources including monthly online teacher trainings for one fee. Find out more information at this link.