One of my favorite art subjects to teach kids is about the Lascaux Caves. If you have never heard of them, check out this video:
I didn't have internet access available to me during class today so I could not show them the above video as I had planned. Instead I told them the story of how 4 boys and a dog found the cave in 1940 in France. I showed them photos of the cave drawings from this book:
We then worked on are own cave drawings. I used brown wrapping paper cut into approx. 16"x20" pieces. We crumbled up the pieces and then added a brown tempera wash over the paper.
We made some stencils of different animals that the kids were interested in putting on their drawings. We had looked at all of the colors used in the original cave paintings which brought a great discussion on earth pigments and the use of these particular colors due to their lasting properties. For the drawing, we used pastels and I was lucky to find this set of earth tone pastels on Amazon.