A book full of information about African rock art for kids!
A long time ago, all over the world, people used to paint and carve pictures into the natural rock in the areas they lived. In Africa, the pictures mainly represented animals and people, and also designs. Very rarely the artists painted plants; they never drew hills and rivers. The perspective, the way the images are placed in what may be scenes, is different from what we would draw today.
The earliest pictures that we can still see today may be as much as 10,000 years old. When you look at pictures in this booklet, remember that those ancient artists could not read or write as we do today.
It makes us wonder how they could draw so accurately and engrave with such care. We must also remember that rock art painting and engravings were an early form of communication, because the artists were telling their communities about how they saw their world. This art is our heritage, a part of our roots in this land. We must care for it so that our children and our children’s children can also see, study and enjoy it.
– by David Coulson, TARA Executive Chairman.