MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Sixth-grade students from Ann Lyons’ Mahopac Middle School art classes studied the ancient French caves of Lascaux and Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc to gain inspiration for their pre-historic cave drawings that are currently on display in the Young Arts Gallery at Mahopac Public Library. The colorful works will remain on display through Dec. 13 and can be viewed during regular library hours.

The first records of human history were cave drawings that were created long before written language. The Cave of Lascaux, discovered in France in 1940, dates back to 17,000 BCE; the Cave of Chauvet, discovered in 1994, dates back to 37,000 BCE—way before the ancient Egyptians!  

With instruction and information provided by Lyons, the students created their original artworks using pencil, oil pastels, chalks, colored markers, T-squares, and rulers. Each drawing features a mammoth-like horned creature, as well as the outline of a hand representing the “signature” of the artist. A Native American pattern, reflecting the Eastern Woodlands Era, was added to produce a border around the outer edge of the cave drawings. 

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The students participating in this exhibit are: Olivia Hoyt, Jake Lauro, Eileen Cotroneo, Jayli Torres, Gigi Hartmann, Michael Madera, Ellie Gerleit, Ryan Hodge, Julie Fraser, Andrew Anania, Daniel Sasko, Colin Finer, Tommy Vitello, Mia Hernandez, Madeline Rucker, Ashlee Spinosa, Connor Lowery, Bella Vazquez, Gerson Fernandez, Michael Trinchitella and Katelyn Kapiti.

For more information about this exhibit, or about the Young Arts Gallery at Mahopac Public Library, call 845-628-2009, ext. 108.

Article courtesy of Mahopac Public Library