My Symbols, My Story – Studying Western Art History

Jesse Boone Art 1 Foundations  at Cradock Middle School

Students completed a brief study of different parts of Western Art history from Prehistoric until 1400.

During that time students learned that the primary use for art was to communicate with one another.  We discussed how Prehistoric man drew on the ceilings and walls of caves, while referencing the “Cave Paintings” in Lascaux, France.

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“Cave Paintings” in Lascaux, France.

Also, discussing how ancient Greeks and Romans not only used pictures to communicate but had developed a written alphabet.

We compared Ancient Greek and Romans’ form of communication to that of ancient Egypt.  We talked about how the Egyptians used a more pictorial type of writing, while the others used an alphabet that more resembles our modern alphabet.

When discussing Ancient Egyptian art we referenced the “Fowling in the Marsh: fragment of wall painting from the tomb of Nebamun (no.10) Thebes, Egypt, 18 Dynasty, around 1350 BCE.

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“Fowling in the Marsh: fragment of wall painting from the tomb of Nebamun (no.10) Thebes, Egypt, 18 Dynasty, around 1350 BCE.

Studying that Egyptian art followed strict rules of style.  There artwork lacks three dimensional depth, very little overlapping and a persons size in the picture indicated their importance in society, not their placement in space.   Egyptian artwork is very conservative.

After studying this part of Western art history, students created their own rock wall painting.

1st they answered a series of questions based on who they are?  These answers were then translated into personal symbols.

2nd students created a sketch, arranging the symbols from the answered questions into a pleasing well balanced composition.

3rd Students created a single layer of plaster tape, let it dry and transferred the sketch to the plaster.

Finally, students painted their design using acrylic paint, being very careful to observe the Egyptian rule of style, no depth, important images are the larger images.

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