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Theme - Mark Making (Cave Painting)
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The Website for the Lascaux Cave Paintings is one of the most inspirational websites I have seen for a long time. It provides an excellent starting point to any work based on 'mark making'. From exploring this site there are several possible developments for children.
They could investigate mark making;
a) on different types of background materials
b) using various techniques,
c) using different implements to see which effects have the quality of 'cave paintings'

Their experiments could be recorded in their sketchbooks for discussion and evaluation. In this Worcbox we explore just a few of the possibilities!

Pictures to the far left -
These are experiments of mark making on air dried clays using various implements.
The sample immendiately left is done on 'Model Magic' made by Crayola.

All three samples have been made to look like the inside of a cave either by using stone like material or coloured as in the Model Magic sample.

Model Magic is light, is air dried and can be painted with acrylic paints.

The above pieces of work explore ways of achieving the texture and colour inside caves
Immediately left is a Felt making interpretation.
Above on the left is a 'stencil method' where a hand shape cut out of thin card is placed on a piece of Tissutex or vilene which has been sponged with 'cave like' colours. Using Markal oil crayons the edge of the hand template is coloured and then using an old toothbrush the oil crayon is dragged on to the background material leaving a negative effect.
The picture immediately above is mark making on to a thick, rough sheet of hand made paper. You could use pulped paper mixed with PVA glue flattened on to plastic sheet. The resulting surface is then sponged with 'Cave Colours' and the scene painted on at a later stage.


The 3 pictures below are a computer interpretation of Cave paintings. All three have been done using a simple painting program such as Dazzle. Several tools have been used to create the cave surface such as spray, water colour, ripple effects and cut and paste using the irregular selection. From these digital printouts the designs have been further developed using textiles techniques eg Felt making, fabric printing and fabric painting.

The digital image of the bull above led to a fabric painting and printing interpretation -Above right and immediately right. The above right interpretation was fabric printing using pressprint on sponged vilene and the bottom picture was using coloured Chroma Coal Heat Fixable Pastels on sponged muslin.