Aborigine Dot Paintings

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We began this lesson by watching a short video on Aborigine art and  discussing some reproductions of Aborigine paintings. Students then sketched  a design in pencil, using the patterns and symbols observed in the Aborigine art samples as inspiration. The importance of animals and abstract elements, (such as repetitive concentric circles to represent a waterhole,) was noted, as well as the typical use of dots as a design element. Students painted their base colors with tempera paint, utilizing a “hard edged” technique. A second layer of tempera was added to create the dot designs. This interdisciplinary lesson connected with an Aborigine Land Trial unit that the students were researching in social studies.

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