History of Drawing by Madison Perkins

Timeline created by Malachi Roldan
  • 30,000 BCE

    Prehistoric paintings

    Prehistoric paintings
    People have been drawing since the beginning of time. The oldest drawings were engraved and painted on cave walls and primitive tools.
  • 3,000 BCE

    Ancient Egypt

    Ancient Egypt
    Egyptians would engrave and paint daily life hieroglyphics of religious deities, gods, and pharaohs.
  • -800 BCE

    Ancient Greece

    Ancient Greece
    Ancient Greeks would paint on vases and pottery to exhibit their graceful and decorative use for drawing. They would usually paint legendary battles and myths instead of everyday life.
  • 400

    Middle Ages

    Middle Ages
    During the Middle Ages, drawings and paintings were often of religious figures to express messages of the Bible. Most drawings during this time could not be recovered because they were mainly used as a preparatory stage before creating a painting.
  • 1300


    During the Renaissance period, drawing became a crucial skill to learn for all types of artists and even scientists. Drawing was necessary for painting, sculpting, and architecture. Scientists would use drawing to record their findings about the physical world. During this time chalk, charcoal, and paper became readily available making drawing more intricate and affordable.
  • Baroque Period

    Baroque Period
    The Baroque period was a time of advancement in drawing. Water colors and ink washes were introduced along with intricate open composition drawings. Drawings became more realistic and common when the sketchbook was made making it easy for an artist to draw landscapes outside and not have to memorize what it looked like to paint later. Drawings became more livelier and had flowing lines that seemed to flow off the page.
  • Rococo Period

    Rococo Period
    A time of art where artists would paint key figures in soft colors and curvy lines. The paintings would usually be happy light hearted pieces.
  • 1800's and 1900's

    1800's and 1900's
    This period of art was a time of innovation and advancements. The manufacturing of pencils made drawing easy to have access to because they were inexpensive and easy to use. In this time, artist also began to create art that went off the traditional academic training. Art movements such as Impressionism, Cubism, Expressionism, an fauvism were created during this time. Many pieces that are still famously known today were made during this period.
  • Impressionism

    A famous style of art that focuses on capturing a feeling with colors rather than achieving accurate deception.
  • Cubism

    Cubism is a style of art that uses geometric planes and and shapes. Many famous artists such as Pablo Picasso used this style of painting and drawing in their pieces.
  • Period:
    30,000 BCE

    History of Drawing by Madison Perkins