Australian Dreamtime Paintings

The fourth graders have been learning about the art of Australian Aboriginals.  They have ancient dreamtime stories that have been passed down through verbal stories, dance, and paintings.  Many paintings have an animal silhouette at the center and an intricate dot pattern surrounding the animal.  As students drew the Australian animal of their choice, we talked about how it’s important to draw lightly and to know that mistakes are OKAY!  Drawings rarely come out perfectly on the first try, but it’s helpful for us to keep our mistakes, adjust them, and erase the unwanted lines at the very end. Once the Australian animal silhouette was finished and filled in with patterns, students used Q-tips to emulate the Aboriginals’ dot technique.