Aboriginal Dot Paintings

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UPDATE: Since originally posting this lesson, I have learned much about Cultural Appropriation, and that the use of some of these traditional symbols and designs by non-Aboroginal people can be offensive and insensitive. I am open to learn more about how to incorporate some of these beautiful techniques and ideas into my classroom in a culturally appropriate way, and will welcome feedback from those who have suggestions!

We began this lesson by watching a short video on Aboriginal art and  discussing some reproductions of Aboriginal paintings. Students then sketched  a design in pencil, using the patterns and symbols observed in the Aboriginal 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 Aboriginal Land Trial unit that the students were researching in social studies.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Brittney
    May 21, 2021 @ 23:17:49

    Australia’s First Nations people find the work Aboriginie offensive. It’s Aboriginal.


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