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.
One of the prevalent Aboriginal Visual Art techniques among children is dot painting. 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.
There are vast resources for teaching and encouraging the discovery of Indigenous Visual Art of Australia. This is an excellent lesson on teaching children to do dot-art.
Here you will find gorgeous Australian & Indigenous wooden puzzles.
Here you will find fabulous Aboriginal Colouring Pages.
Read more about the techniques and colours of Aboriginal Art here.
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