Artist of the Month – Prehistoric Cave Paintings c. 40,000-10,000 BC

Cave painting of bison, c. 12,000 BC. Altamira Cave near Santillana, Cantabria, Spain.

Students in Transitional Kindergarten through 8th grade will learn more about this artist in a lesson taught this month by a parent volunteer through our Art Literacy program.

First, imagine life as an early human.

  • The people of the Upper Paleolithic period (about 40,000-10,000 B.C.) were hunter-gatherers.
  • They were nomadic, meaning that they would travel from place to place, looking for food.  They moved according to changes in the weather, the migration habits of the animals that they hunted, etc.
  • They used stone tools. This was before the Iron Age.

Why would a caveman need art? What would the function of art be for a caveman?

Next, still imagining you are an early human, keep thinking.

  • How would you create art?
  • What would you make?
  • What would you make it from?
  • What would your limitations be?

Well over 300 caves have been discovered in Europe, mostly in France and Spain.  Moreover, archaeologists are studying paintings and engraving on rocks and in caves all over the world.  They are on every continent except Antarctica, and seem to testify that art has been an innate activity of human beings from the very beginning.

Congratulations! Two Stella Maris Academy Advanced Art Students Chosen for San Diego Museum of Art 2017 Young Art Exhibition

Congratulations to Arissa Diaz-Lelevier, grade 8 and Noah Bradshaw, grade 6!
Their multi-media still lifes were chosen to be part of Young Art 2017,
and will be exhibited at the San Diego Museum of Art this Spring.

20170128_152824  Noah's still life

Young Art 2017

Beyond the Ordinary
April 15, 2017 through May 28, 2017

Among the many art education initiatives at The San Diego Museum of Art, no program has as long a history as Young Art, the Museum’s biennial youth art exhibition. Young Art recognizes the talents of San Diego County K-12 students and in its 44th presentation, Young Art 2017: Beyond the Ordinary, invites students to create their own unique interpretation of the classic still life.

This year’s theme is inspired by the remarkable collection of still life works from the Museum’s permanent collection, including works by Henri Matisse, and Juan Sánchez Cotán, and Georges Braque

Stella Maris Academy Harmony Quilt

20161031_144433These harmonious colors and designs
reflect the unity and diversity of our
SMA community.
This was a school-wide collaborative project completed in Art Literacy
as part of our Quilts and Color study.