Fourth graders created Australian inspired art. We looked at Aboriginal (Native Australian) art and discovered some key characteristics of Australian Art. We learned about Aboriginal dot paintings and x-ray paintings. Aborigines use dots to create implied lines and pictures. X-ray paintings are often found on cave walls. These paintings show both the outside and the inside (bones and internal organs) of the animal at the same time. We combined these practices with one of Australia's most famous marsupials the kangaroo!
During work time we read an Aboriginal folktale about how the kangaroo got its pouch as well as non-fiction information about the kangaroo. This was a great project that was a lot of fun!
Learning Goals: The learner will...
- describe key characteristics of Aboriginal art
- create an x-ray painting
- create a color balanced dot painting
- develop fine motor skills and techniques required for painting smooth lines