Cave of the Bulls, Lascaux, France

  • 1 c. cornstarch
  • 3/4 c. and another 1/4 c. of cold water
  • 2 c. hot water
  • 1 envelope gelatin
  • 1/2 c. clear dish washing liquid or liquid hand soapRoanoke painting contractor
  • Food coloring or dry tempera

Mix together cornstarch and 3/4 cups cold water. Soak one envelope unflavored gelatin in 1/4 cup of cold water. Stir 2 cups hot water into the cornstarch. Cook and stir until mixture is clear. Remove from heat and blend in gelatin. Then add soap, stir. Cool. Divide into small covered containers. Add food coloring or dry tempera.

Ancient cave painters made their paints from things like rust and chalky minerals or charcoal mixed in animal fat- it may have felt a lot like today's finger-paint. Create a painting that represents you- without actually making your face or using any words or letters. Anthropologists think that the cave men may have painted animals underground so that they would have good luck in the next day's hunt. Humans seem to be the only creatures capable of representing things with symbols or pictures. Artists often feel like they can make more sense out of their world (feel more in control) when they represent their experiences, thoughts, or feelings in paintings.