I’m a big fan of Crash Course videos, and I have been dying for them to make an art history crash course forever! So, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make a new video series–5-Minute Art History. I start at the beginning with Upper Paleolithic Art.
This series will have a 5 minute (or so) video summarizing the main points of the art movement along with a corresponding conventions printable handout that you can download here on The Art Class Curator!
Rosa Rolanda Jigsaw Art Learning Activity
Take this activity into your classroom today with this free printable resource!
Paleolithic Art Conventions
Upper Paleolithic Period, 40,000-10,000 B.C.E.
Paleolithic Key Points:
- Main art forms were cave painting and small sculpture.
- Primary themes in art were animals/hunting and fertility.
- Art was either stationary (cave paintings) or portable (Venus figurines).
- Hunter-gatherer lifestyle
- Prehistory means we have no written records from this period.
- Although the art represents a big jump in human development, we can only guess why they created art.
Paleolithic Artistic Conventions:
- Figurative, mostly representing females and sometimes animals
- Small, usually can fit in one hand
- Exaggerated breasts, belly, and hips could represent fertility
- Minimized face, feet, and hands
- Paint made from natural materials (ochre, blood, minerals, charcoal, etc)
- Mostly represented animals with few humans
- Realistic style for animals, stick figure humans
- Evidence they were created over a long period of time
- Venus of Willendorf
- Caves of Lascaux
How to Study Art History Bundle
This bundle includes all of my favorite resources for art history—interactive activities, in-depth lessons, useful worksheets, trainings and more!
Venus of Dolní Věstonice: Petr Novák, Wikipedia
Venus of Hohle Fels: Thilo Parg / Wikimedia Commons, License: CC BY-SA 3.0
Venus of Laussel: User 120, Wikipedia
This was originally posted on October 1, 2015.