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Cave Painting by Candie Cooper

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Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.


Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Moderate

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Social Studies
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Visual Arts

Time needed for project: 
1 hr. 20 min. – 1 hr. 30 min.


Materials Needed:
- 1 Elmer’s Guide-Line Tri-fold Foam Display Board, 18” x 24”
- Sponges, 2-4
- Folk Art Acrylic Paint by Plaid®, 2 oz. bottles
2502 Rusted Pipe
2561 Steel Grey
2577 Toasted Vanilla
939 Butter Pecan
- Elmer’s® School Glue
- Sand (Activa®Scenic Sand, 1lb.) 1-2 colors
- Sakura® Cray-Pas® Oil Pastels



1. Paint one side of the tri-fold with shades of brown and grey with sponged to look like a cave wall. Layering colors with sponges creates a good textured effect.
20 min. 5-10 min. dry

2. After the paint has dried, sponge on Elmer’s Glue in a few patches around the tri-fold and sprinkle sand on top for a rocky, sandy texture. You can use your hands to spread the sand around.
10 min. + 10 min. dry

3. Wait ten minutes to make sure the Elmer’s Glue has dried. Knock extra sand off the board by tapping it outside on the ground or over newspaper.
5 min.

4. Use a pencil to sketch out a cave painting scene. Many cave paintings show herds of cattle or horses, people, and simple landscape elements.
10 min.

5. Go over the pencil with Cray-pas in black, red, and brown shades. They can be smeared around or left rough.
15 min.


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