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Cave Painting in Masterpieces of Western Religious Art


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Students in Molleen Dupree-Dominguez’s Masterpieces of Western Religious Art class studied Paleolithic and Neolithic art this week, and especially focused on research that suggests cave art may indicate that our ancient ancestors expressed curiosity about the existence of a higher power. Students wrote about their own experiences of and questions about God and translated those thoughts into drawings and symbols in class on October 12. The project was done in collaboration with Living Lab staff members Jeremy Pearson and Isabel Rodriguez-Vega, who created natural pigments and native materials for students to use in creating their cave art. Students were able to mix tempera paints using egg yolks from our Living Lab chickens mixed with dehydrated grapes, watercolors created from boiled nasturtiums and pineapple seed flowers, as well as regular mud mixed with water. They painted with flower stems, sticks, and, of course, their own fingers and hands.


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