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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.
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