Prehistoric primitive pigment painting


Kindergarten are studying stories and storytelling in the current IB-PYP Unit of Inquiry. Human beings have been telling stories for many many many thousands of years. Stories can be told with words. Stories can be told with pictures. 

In Argentina, there are many mysterious hand prints in caves along the banks of the Rio Pinturas River, and these ancient human patterns, which are almost 10,000 years old, are called Cueva de las Manos, the "Pinturas Hand Cave".


In Wednesday's World of Science class, we read the book 'The First Picture' about an 8 year old boy and his pet wolf. 

And students made a negative handprint by colouring the space outside their handprint. Today, students took this one step further. The class made their own pigment powder by grinding stones on stones. Students then mixed this powder with water to paint their hand print. This is how people made pictures in caves at least 30,000 years ago.