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 which 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 prevalent Aboriginal Visual Art techniques among children are 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