Saturday, October 15, 2011

Aboriginal Art

Aboriginal Art

Today we took a look at aboriginal art work. I had the kids view this video to get an idea of the kinds of images we were talking about. We talked about how the designs were made primarily of dots and how our eye connects the dots for form lines. We investigated what subjects the paintings 
were about as well. 
Since many original aboriginal arts were done on bark we chose to do our paintings on recycled brown paper sack paper. I also gave the students the choice of using a stencil of a lizard, snake, or turtle as well as the option to create their own design. With the very young students it was best to start with a stencil since it can be hard to maintain an image in dot art- this gave them a good starting point. 
We used skewers dipped in paint to make dots

We used q-tips dipped in paint to make dots

and some of us used our fingers dipped in paint to make dots!

While our paintings were drying we watched this dream story video. We talked about how the artists used their work to tell stories. Then we went back to our paintings and shared stories that went along with our images. I think that was the most exciting part of the day - to hear what was in their imaginations!

An amazing job by a 9 year old student! lots of patience.

Art done by 7 year old. She uses warm and cool colors to
help with contrast so our eye can see her turtle image.
Art done by a 9 year old student. He chose to add contrast
by using black dots to outline his images.

And here is some of the work from our preschool class.

1 comment:

  1. Aboriginal Art is used in diverse art forms to relate the stories of history and ethnicity. Aborigine artists use symbols like arched and straight lines.