Monday is Art 101: When did “art” officially begin? In the stone ages, people were hunter-gatherers who concentrated on survival and reproduction. Think modern day reality television except they begin to develop abstract thought and story telling through scratching symbolic icons (and not the alphabet) on cave walls. Eventually, survival became easier and they invented tools for writing and measuring. Ancient civilizations brought forth a variety of cultures (Mesopotamia, Babylonians, Assyrians, Persians, Egyptians and the Greeks) with better carving tools which meant more intricate drawings that told their history. The Egyptians invested in art for the dead by building elaborate tombs (pyramids) with colorful pictures of multiple gods. The Greeks brought us frescoes, marble idols and open airy architecture. All of that took about 33,000 years give or take. For more entertainment on the topic, check out my friend Tom here.