Australian Sand Paper Art:
Cave Drawings ("Petroglyphs")
This is a very simple, but very effective way to make a drawing that looks like it came right off an Australian cave wall.
I originally made this craft (the one in the photo) for Egypt (thus the pyramids). Use images of kangaroos, stick figures and boomerangs for an Australian version.
The Stone Age ancestors of the Australian Aborigines were some of the very first artists in the world. They painted on their cave walls 40,000 years ago!
We're not trying to replicate the art exactly, so after studying
some Australian animals and explaining that cave drawings depicted the
Aborigines' lives just let the kids get creative. Here's what
Tasha (my 7 yr old) thought would be a good set of images:
- piece of coarse sandpaper (we used a 4inch x 6inch (ish) piece, but you
could use whatever size you like)
- crayola crayons (just your ordinary crayons).
- draw an Australian scene on the sandpaper with crayons.
- Don't worry if the images are very basic. That's what cave drawings
- Press hard on the crayons.
Here's an image of a real cave drawing (petroglyph)