Australian cultural heritage that is passed on for thousands of years by its Indigenous people is very authentic, deeply rooted, and represents all the beauty and tranquillity that nature so generously provides. I found that there is a lot for children to learn about Visual Art through the world of Aboriginal art.
It does not just represent a form of self-expression. Indigenous art is also a response to the world that conveys meaning and has a spiritual purpose.
Even decorative designs found on objects such as shields, boomerangs, and baskets may represent symbols relating to the spiritual or dream world and illustrate relationships with nature.
Originally, indigenous people of Australia used dots to disguise the sacred meanings behind the stories in the paintings. They drew designs that included dots on the soil, and sand, and made body paintings for ceremonies because they could easily erase them as they were considered sacred.
Dot painting originated in 1971 as a Papunya Tula Art Movement. To keep their messages hidden from others, Aboriginal artists removed the sacred elements and abstracted the designs into dots to hide their sacred meanings.
Now dot painting is one of the prevalent Aboriginal Visual Art techniques children enjoy doing so much. We were very excited to try it. Doing visual art with children is fantastic for their fine motor, especially this one. A used cotton tips for dipping into the paint and making patterns with dots.
Indigenous people use colours associated with the earth, including brown, umber, brick red, terracotta, yellow ochre, warm grey, burnt sienna, tan, and shades of green such as moss. We used colours that are very close to colours mentioned above.
Inspired by a gorgeous book with Aboriginal paintings “Why I love Australia” my daughter did her dot painting.
Here is what we did:
Read a book with Aboriginal pictures paying attention to beautiful pictures of art and their meaning
A thought about the picture she would like to draw
Prepared cards board with colour that suited the theme the best
Cut out curvy lines to make the picture more interesting
Used cotton tips to paint pictures with dots
Gave it a name.
It was lots of fun and a great learning experience for my 3-year-old preschooler.
We often revisit activities that are inspired by Indigenous Art and culture with my children, especially when we talk about Australia and its cultural heritage. We have conversations about the land where we live in the context of its original custodians who lived in harmony with nature. We look at their way of living that was and is so intricately connected to nature, the landscape, the flora, and the fauna of Australia.
Exploring Native Australian culture brings a very strong realisation of just how far we disassociated our identity from the natural world.
We treasure the moments when we can get a glimpse of the mystery of human nature that is rooted in centuries of staying connected to the land.
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This unit study of Australia Oceania contains hands-on resources to teach students about unique aspects of the continent while developing their concentration, logical thinking, comprehension skills, reading and so much more.
Australia/Oceania Montessori-inspired printable set filled with hands-on skill reinforcement activities for preschool and kindergarten students - fine motor, cutting, push pinning, tracing. Please note whist this resource contains flags, map printables, and images of traditional outfits of the whole continent of Oceania, the animals, and photographic cards mainly represent the country of Australia.
This unit study of Australia/Oceania contains hands-on resources to teach students about unique aspects of the continent while developing their concentration, logical thinking, comprehension skills, reading and so much more.