the significance of bark paintings to the Australian Aboriginal peoples
how bark paintings were traditionally created and their common features
where you can see traditional and contemporary bark paintings today.
Use the content of the PowerPoint to record any new information on the bark paintings poster from the earlier lesson.
Display slide 22. As a class, discuss why Aboriginal peoples traditionally used bark as a way to tell stories of their history and cultural rituals. Brainstorm and list some of the benefits of using bark as a canvas when creating art and/or telling a story.
Display slide 23 and explain the bark painting activity to the students.
As a class, go to the school playground or local park and ask the students to collect their own piece of bark or a stick.
Upon returning to the classroom, ask the students to paint a pattern on their piece of bark or stick that represents their own identity. Monitor and support the students as they complete the activity.
Once the students have finished, gather together as a class to share artworks. Discuss the challenges of painting on bark or sticks.
Encourage more capable students to use a variety of colours and patterns for their design.
Encourage less confident students to use two colours to create a simple repeated pattern for their design.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities