Rock AR(t): Preschoolers Experiencing Rock & Contemporary Paintings in AR

The work presented in this article is based on observations of data collected from an empirical study conducted in urban, sub-urban and indigenous preschools with different socio-economical levels in Puebla, Mexico.

The objectives of the study emerged from the idea that preschool children that have not fully developed a verbal communication, have a great capacity to express and perceive art at its most basic form; they have the sensibility to connect and interpret the basic traces and colors impressed on cave walls by humans thousands of years ago. Children used an augmented reality application to observe contents from rock art including lions, kangaroos, hands and other elements, as well as other contemporary art including varied colors and shapes. This was the third of three studies that investigated children’s visual literacy capacities, interactions, social behaviors and attitudes that emerged with the use of augmented reality technology in a school setting.