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First we talk a little about the history of Australian dreamtime painting and Aboriginal art. Next we talk about how we could make it our own. Students trace their hand with pencil onto black 8x8 paper. They begin by choosing 3 colors of paint and use those for the hand. We dot paint with the back of a paintbrush. Next day when the hands are dry, students draw a simple background design with pencil and use white tempera for the designs dots. Finally they choose a background color, that is different from their other colors, and fill in the rest of the space.

Aboriginal art by paintedpaper, via Flickr elementary art lesson Australia dot paintings animals multi-cultural

Aboriginal art - title, artist not known (from raysto on flickr)

Star Dreaming, Paddy Jupurrurla Nelson, Paddy Japaljarri Sims, and Larry Jungarrayi Spencer, Yanjilypiri Jukurrpa , 1985

Painting isn't just by the numbers, it can be global and teach kids about culture. Try this aboriginal dot painting idea the next time your kids ask to paint! #playworksmke


Raquel P. Fariñas

From exhibit "Aboriginal Art, Grade 4 - eraser dots mosaic - each child assigned a different color like the fingerprints

ative people of Australia use dots of paint to create their images. A lot of their painting subjects are animals. Fourth Graders each chose a native Texan animal, and had to draw the outline of their animal, then cut it out and include it in their artwork as a black silhouette. Then students drew one or two x-ray drawings: an image of one of the animal's bones or organs. The last step was to add patterns of dots to their animals using tempera paint and swabs. Students also included an Aboriginal

aboriginal hand printing - one big mural with each child doing a hand print and then weave then into an aboriginal art work!

Australian dot painting inspired(snake)- artwork by T.Wulf