Aims of today’s LessonToday we are going to• discover a little bit about Australia and the Aboriginal People• learn about aboriginal culture and art• study the symbols used in aboriginal art• Look at colour and understand how different colours may have different meanings
Famous images of AustraliaSydney Opera House Uluru Bush Fires Australian Flag OutbackBondi Beach
AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL FLAG Aboriginal culture settled in Australia around 40 - 50,000 years ago. After settling FORM & SYMBOLISM in Australia they told stories about visions The top half is black and the lower half and rituals by painting with pigment found red. There is a yellow disk in the centre naturally in the outback. One method they of the flag. used for painting is bark painting. The process involved cutting bark from trees Black - represents the Aboriginal people of Australia. during the wet season and placing it in a fire to cure. When the bark was taken out of the Red - represents the red earth, the red fire it was flattened with stones or logs. ochre used in ceremonies and This was then used as the painting canvas. Aboriginal people’s spiritual relation to Finally they would apply paint or pigment the land. using a technique called ‘dotting’. Brushes, sticks and fingers were used to create Yellow disk - represents the Sun, the designs that reflected dreams, rituals and a giver of life and protector. rich cultural history. Some researchers say that most of the paintings had some sort of mythological undertone.
Aboriginal PeopleAboriginal Facts.• Aboriginal people told stories about their life and history in their paintings.• They would dot their paintings using brushes, sticks and fingers.• They tell stories in words and pictures.• The stories are called ‘Dreamtime stories.’• Aboriginal art uses Earth colours (colours of the desert) such as browns, reds• Symbols are used to tell stories• Paintings can be entirely made from small dots of paint• The dots make patterns or symbols
Aboriginal Art Aboriginal Colours Black Black stands for the colour of the Aborigine people and night. Yellow Yellow is the sacred colour. The colour of the sun. Red Is for the colour of the land and for blood. ‘We are all of one blood, from the land we come and to it we will all return.’ White White is the spirit colour, like smoke, wind and lightning.
By the end of this Project……• We will have a better understanding of Aboriginal Art• Have learnt about the symbols used in Aboriginal Art• We would have experimented with paint and used dot art like the Aboriginal Artist – maybe using tools like sticks and pen lids• Will have discovered Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=itszep0duwI• And we will have all made our own Aboriginal Painting!• We should have had lots of fun!
Aboriginal ArtBy Sebastian Iglesias (Australian LA). J anuary2013