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Monday, 2 September 2019

Hands On Homeschooling : Stone Age Cave Art

Cave Art Home Schooling Style

Recently as part of the kids home education we've been learning about the Stone Age and getting immersed in everything from the clothing to the food, lifestyle and culture. It seemed fitting since we curently live in a cave to get up close and personal with some cave art.


Cave art and petroglyphs fall well within the activities of my own hobbies and even my work through Thor's Threads , so after showing the children several examples of prehistoric art we started off by putting down the basic shapes using charcoal, since that would have been available to our ancestors as an art medium.

Charcoal Cave Art

We wanted to make sure that the art we made reflected the importance of the Hunter/Gatherer lifestyle and the connection with the land and nature. As part of this, and to maintain an authentic experience, we decided to use only natural and local resources to make our own paint.

Locally foraged rocks full of mineral pigments for our art
We crushed up the minerals using hammerstones, a paleolithic tool we'd learnt about during our other research. For brushes we beat the end of twigs in to brush shapes and then used them to mix the crushed rock dust with a little water for our paint pigments. 

Paleolithic style paint brush
Stone Age Art Tools

Natural Mineral Pigments
4yo Aurora Making Cave Art Barefoot

It's so much easier for a child to learn about history by recreating it outdoors, and its certainly more fun than being sat at a desk!

Adding Colour To Our Cave Art

Using colours that occur naturally for your own local area is such a grounding experience, allowing you to use the nature around you to paint pictures of your local ecosystems is just incredible. After using earth resources to create the pigments for the earth colours in our art, we then needed to extract some pigments from local plants too

Extracting Plant Pigments
We chose San Pedro, a vigorous flowering weed that is prolific in our area and gives a lovely deep green when mashed with a hammer stone and a little water.


Using Plant Pigments to Paint Plants

It has been so much fun to create these things with the kids, to teach them the ancient petroglyphs that represent the sun and the moon, to teach them about the way that early humans lived and the challenges they faced.















In many of the paintings we added small hidden details, like shamans drumming near caves in the mountains or singing to stags beneath the moon. In some of the photos the hunters are clearly successful like when they bring down the bull. In others we see their arrows fell short and the mighty stag will live to fight another day.

Petroglyphic Stag Cave Art
I wanted to express to the children how difficult a landscape it must have been to our ancestors, that the hunt was not always successful and that nothing was guaranteed, that our ancestors had to fight for their survival. And that is why in this last painting we see that the Hunter has met his match, that sometimes the hunter can become the hunted.

Sabretooth Cave Art
Hope you've enjoyed reading about this little homeschooling adventure :)













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  1. How are you all getting on with building your new home? . One person i admire ir Atulya Kerry bingham she built a home from mud in Turkey with little money. Due to the dangerous situation there she now lives in Spain starting again!. In a hillside shack. Could you build a house from mud?.She has a website .x detailing how she built her home from mud. Has books mud ball is only one of them.x

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    1. HI Jacq, House build is coming along slowly but surely, we are about to conquer the concrete haha we're pouring the footings tomorrow so that will be a great cause for celebration :)

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  2. I love these lessons if only all lessons in school were like that, childrn might find them more interesting.

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    1. Great to hear from you Dawn, I whole heartedly agree with you, although according to the comment below you I am apparently "not setting my kids up for life!" hahaha

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  3. I guess things are not going too well or you would have replied to Jacq and Dawn. You are allowed to come home to UK . Will get accommodation as you have kids. Ok not what you would dream of but surely better than kids living in a cave and doing cave drawings. Wishing you well, hoping the children dont suffer because of your dreams. Your children live in this world. Not convinced home schooling in a cave drawing will set them up for life!..

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    1. Hi Athena, Thanks for your concern. I'm sure you'll be pleased to hear that the house build has been coming along slowly but surely, we are afterall doing it ourselves with our own hands. We've dug all the foundations out and laid the steel, tomorrow we pour the concrete and complete the first major milestone of the build. I am 31 years old, within the next couple of years I will have succeeded in building an eco friendly home on a 5 acre plot without any mortgage or funding. I will have built my house from the ground up by myself, whilst simulateously running my own business and homeschooling my kids. I'm sorry you think that teaching children about art, culture, history and ancestral skills is "making them suffer". I'm also sorry you think that teaching my kids to follow their dreams, do what they love and be the people they truly wish to be is not "setting them up for life". I suppose you'll be shocked to hear that they also learn all the mundane things that school kids their age learn, it just doesn't make for very exciting posts and photos to share the times when they are studying workbooks or learning their second language. I truly hope something positive comes in to your life to fill the hole that causes you to write such negative rubbish on other peoples blog posts. good luck with that :)

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    2. This comment is quite hilarious as you obviously haven’t read any previous posts in this blog Athena. Our house is a cave house (quite common in this region and many other parts of the world too), and it’s the same as any regular house just with the quirkiness of having some rooms technically underground - hence the term cave house. Rest assured the children are not sleeping in a bear cave with nothing but a fire to keep them warm ��. By all means check out our other online accounts (@thorsthreads, @wyrdeoodacres, @luckysewandsew on Instagram) and I would suggest doing a little bit more research as you seem so concerned by our children’s welfare, and perhaps think harder before posting such a ridiculous comment.
      In regards to their homeschooling - do you think that blog posts about them doing reading and writing would make an interesting read? Us neither, which is why we share their art and more in-depth studies instead. They’re studying the Neolithic period - hence the cave art.
      Anyway, I hope you manage to find some more innocent blog posts to comment some more tripe on.
      And quite the contrary to your comment - life has been going brilliantly and we have been too busy to reply to comments. I’m sure you’ll be sad to hear that though. Adios ����

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