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Collaborative Cave Painting

Created for Saturday Art with University of Cincinnati (Ages 9-10)

Lesson Summary:
In this project the students will each get to contribute to each other’s park of the final work. Students will look at cave paintings and try to create their own along a large piece of brown paper. The students will work collectively to come up with a story they want to tell and each student will come up with an image to contribute to that story.

Specific Objectives:
Students will:

  • Generate an idea for a story together.

  • Respect what other students have added to the overall piece.

  • Work collaboratively to show the story they have come up with.


Materials List: Sheet of brown paper large enough to cover a wall, Pastels (Brown, Black, Red, Other neutral tones)

Instructional Aides: Photos of cave paintings

Vocabulary: Cave Painting, storytelling


Pre-class Preparation:

  • Hang brown paper on the wall.

  • Have containers laid out by the wall with the selected colors of pastels.

  • Have photos of cave paintings ready to share.


  • Have students come in and sit in front of the wall with the paper set up.

  • Talk about visual storytelling and how cave painting are used to tell stories and record history.

  • Show cave paintings, discuss what kinds of stories they might be telling.

  • Explain that they will be working together to create a cave painting as a group, trying to cover all the paper.

Art Activity:

  • Have students discuss what they want to tell a story about

  • Give them about 10 min to talk about what they want to be shown and how they want to show it.

  • Once students have decided on their story, they should divide up the work so each student is making as equal contribution as possible.

  • Show the students how to apply pastels to the paper as well as how to smear and blend to create different effects with their lines.

  • After demonstration give the students the rest of he time to work on their drawing, filling the wall as much as possible.

  • If they finish their part early they should see if any other students need help with their part of the story.

  • Start clean up about 10 min before end of work time.

Clean up:

  • Students should return their pastels to the containers

  • Wife down any surfaces other than the wall that may have gotten pastel on them.

  • Once clean up is done students can wash their hands, not before.


  • With remaining time students should reflect on how well their final product tells their intended story, could someone 2000 or more years from now tell what is happening?


Cathy. (02/06/2023) Cave Painting. Homeschool Lesson.

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