With their long tusks and shaggy fur, woolly mammoths were unique animals that lived during Prehistoric times. With the popularity of the movie Ice Age, I was inspired to use a woolly mammoth for this lesson on texture, line and space.
ABOUT WOOLLY MAMMOTHS
The woolly mammoth is an extinct species of the elephant. They were about the same size as the modern African elephant. Woolly mammoths were covered in fur so they were prepared for cold, especially during the last ice age. Their long tusks were useful for fighting and foraging.
Woolly mammoths lived at the same time as early humans. It is theorized that they became extinct because of habitat and climate changes and being hunted by people.
Fun fact: A newborn woolly mammoth calf weighs about 200 pounds!
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in England that was likely built between 3000 and 1520 BC. It is made of stones that are each about 13 feet hight and 7 feet wide. The stones are arranged in an inner and outer circle.
Each stone weighs around 25 tons, which is as much as two school buses! No one knows how the Neolithic people moved the huge stones to the area or how they were able to arrange them in the post-and-lintel construction.
Another mystery is why Stonehenge was built. Some theories are that it was a burial ground, religious place or used for predicting when the seasons would change. What do you think?
Our art piece today is smaller than our typical size and this means the kids had to adjust the scale of their drawings accordingly. They used watercolours to complete this simple but striking rendition of one of history’s great wonders!
Be a fly on the wall in our art room! Take a look at what we do, how we do it and the smiles that I get to see week after week :)