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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Aboriginal Dot Animals



Mrs. Rylander's 4th grade class
Hailey, Brittney, 
Elloise, Kayla, Regan, 
Gavin & Anonymous 
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I began with this video with the students
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lMEr1EDurU&t=9s
and this...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoHAn58-_rg
to give then a background on the people, subjects, and methods of Aboriginal Paintings.

Begin with a neutral background paper for your dot art.
Aborigines make their art on pieces of bark or wood, so this color paper will be the most authentic looking.
Draw the shape of an animal that is original to Australia on black paper.
Turtle, Fish, Snake, Koala, Wombat, Platypus, Kangaroo...
Cut out shape and glue onto neutral paper.
 
Using colored pencils, begin using dots to surround your animal with a line of dots in one color.
Repeat dots around this line with another color. Continue this until you are comfortable with branching out into another design.
Here is a site that shows a variation of designs based on
Aboriginal Spirituality
 
 
Each dot should be the size of about the end of a pencil eraser or a popcorn kernel.
Patterns work well when using the dots.
Contrasting colors next to each other look nice too. 
 

Optional Tempera Paint
 

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 Explanation of Aboriginal art and beliefs.
Dream Time Stories
Beliefs
They came from the earth/dirt and will return to earth/dirt.
The earth it their mother.
They share a soul/spirit with the earth.
People do not own land, the land owns people.
People are equal with animals and
are obligated to look after the land and animals.

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