THE CRAFTY HISTORIAN: ROCK PAINTING
Saturday, May 19, 2018 10:30 am – 12:30pm
$5 each participant
Each participant will create their own rock painting using a variety of techniques and possibilities. Whether it be funny faces, emojis, abstract designs, words, names or phrases, our rocks will allow for self-expression and creativity. At least one rock should be a word or phrase encouraging kindness that will be left around the Smith-McDowell House for others to enjoy.
Online Registration at: www.wnchistory.org/crafty-historian/
In archaeology, rock art is human-made markings placed on natural stone. A global phenomenon, rock art is found in many culturally diverse regions of the world. Such artworks are often divided into three forms: petroglyphs, which are carved into the rock surface, pictographs, which are painted onto the surface, and earth figures, formed on the ground. The oldest known rock art dates from the Upper Palaeolithic period, having been found in Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa.
Today, there is a movement called Kindness Rocks which encourages rock painting with uplifting and positive quotes or words. The idea is that people will find them and perhaps find an encouragement or motivation to spread kindness wherever they go. Our take on the idea is that each participant will paint at least one kindness rock and leave it somewhere around the Smith-McDowell House where someone might see it. Signage at the parking area and near the entrance will inform visitors to look for the rocks. Rocks may be taken home or left where they are, but directions will direct visitors to take a picture and post it at #SmithMcDowellKindnessRocks.