Week beginning 20/4/2020
Learning objective: To learn about the works of an Australian Aboriginal artist.
New vocabulary that will need to be explained:
We are going to be focusing on Aboriginal dot art in the next few weeks.
Explain that Aborigines used paintings to tell their stories.
Explore some aboriginal geometrical style (using dots and circles) art work (google 'Aboriginal dot paintings') and discuss colours and symbols.
Introduce an artist- Dorothy Napangardi. Watch a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXfMlMk4Cw0
Look at the painting of the term–Mina Mina (below). Who painted it? What colours do you see? What do you think the painting is about?
Mina Mina painting is a story of the waterholes in the Northern Territory in Australia. What are waterholes? Why do you think they were important?
Ask children to focus on different parts of the 'Beyond Mina Mina' painting by Dorothy Napangardi. Which symbols can they see, which colours and shapes? Children draw those symbols using dotting technique (you can watch another video that focuses on dotting technique here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6j1CkP8-qY ). Use paint and fingers in you have paint at home. If not children can draw with oil pastels, crayons or, alternatively, colouring pencils. Make sure you use earthy colours!
Don't forget to send us pictures of your artwork on Dojo or on our emails!