the significance of body painting to the Australian Aboriginal peoples
the traditional meaning of body painting and some of its common features
how body painting is used today in Aboriginal cultures for special festivals, dances and ceremonies.
Use the content of the PowerPoint to record any new information on the body painting poster from the earlier lesson.
Display slide 28. As a class, discuss why Aboriginal peoples traditionally painted their bodies for cultural ceremonies. Brainstorm and list special occasions or times when you might get your face or body painted.
Display slide 29 and explain the body painting activity to the students.
Provide each student with a blank sheet of paper and ask the students to draw an outline of a body (alternatively, provide each student with a generic template of the outline of a body). On their body outlines, ask the students to draw a design that they would paint onto their own bodies for a special event. 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 significance of cultural dress at special events and/or ceremonies.
Encourage more confident students to use a variety of symbols for their body paint designs.
Allow less confident students use simple symbols for their body paint designs.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities