The following free Aboriginal Art lesson plan and Aboriginal Bark Painting worksheets are designed for students in years 4 to 6. Please feel free to use the attached Aboriginal Art lesson plan and adjust the lessons to suit your class environment.
Six Aboriginal Art lesson plan Worksheets
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Aboriginal Art lesson plan X-RAY Aboriginal Bark Painting
- recognises the importance of contributions made by Aboriginal artists;
- considers popular traditional and contemporary arts, including those from other times and places;
- understands how Aboriginal arts contribute to the arts in Australian society;
- gains an understanding that there are a variety of Aboriginal Art Styles from different regions and language groups.
- gains knowledge of the X Ray style of painting from the Oenpelli Region of Arnhem Land
TEACHING RESOURCES/ MATERIALS:
Bark Painting Design Worksheets
Red, Black, yellow and brown sharpened coloured pencils
- Show students pictures of the Aboriginal Bark Paintings and Rock paintings from the Oenpelli region.
- Explain to students that some of Australia’s Rock art is older than the pyramids or Stone Henge. Some Rock Paintings are believed to depict mega Fauna that has been extinct for 30,000 years
- Explain how aboriginal artists traditionally drew animals as though they could be seen through (just like an X-Ray) and explain this is an artist method of showing an animal is depicted is three dimensionally.
- Show examples of Xray bark paintings from picture collection
- .Ask students what main colours are used in traditional x ray paintings and why these colours are used.
- Show examples of different styles of rarrk line work
- Discuss the types of markings (Rarrk) – model how they can be drawn.
- Introduce the Bark Painting Worksheet and Model how to complete/ decorate the animal depicted.
- Using the printed Worksheets ask the students to further segment the animal design. Then use only parallel lines or cross hatching (Rarrk) to fill in the animal design sections. Small blocks of colour and dots are also acceptable. Traditionally no more than four colours of earthy tones should be used.
- Children can choose from the six different animals worksheets supplied.
- Remind children to use traditional colours and drawing techniques to complete their own x-ray design. The bones in the spine should be left white.
- At end of the lesson – share designs and compare to Traditional Artist.
X-Ray style Aboriginal bark painting was traditionally painted on cave walls.
It is at least 7000 years old but probably much older.
The animals depicted are often totem animals sacred to the painter or animals important in an ancestral story.
Traditionally Red and Yellow were made from Ochre, White from Clay and Black from charcoal.
Bark Design Info:
Backbones are traditionally left white with small sections coloured in.
Rarrk (Lines) are fine, delicate and are parallel
Use different cross hatching/ line designs for each section.
Free Teachers Resource Aboriginal Art Bark Painting Activity for Kids
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