the significance of Wandjina artworks to the Australian Aboriginal peoples
the traditional meaning of Wandjina artworks and some of their common features
who is allowed to paint Wandjina artworks today.
Use the content of the PowerPoint to record any new information on the Wandjina artworks poster from the earlier lesson.
Display slide 34. As a class, discuss why the Aboriginal peoples traditionally referred to the Wandjina artworks as ‘gods of falling water’. Brainstorm and list any other known ancient cultures who had ‘gods’ to explain natural phenomenon.
Display slide 35 and explain the Wandjina artworks activity to the students.
Ask the students to think of a natural phenomenon that they appreciate and imagine a ‘god’ that may have created it. On a blank sheet of art paper, ask the students to create a silhouette artwork using paint, charcoal or crayons of their imaginary ‘god’ in a similar style to the Wandjina artworks. Monitor and support the students as they complete the activity.
Once the students have finished, gather together as a class to share artworks. Provide the students with an opportunity to explain their imaginary ‘god’ and what it represents.
Encourage more capable students to research ancient cultures and their 'gods' and present their findings to the class.
Allow less confident students to work in a group with the teacher or teacher aide to collectively decide on a natural phenomenon for their artwork.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities