An Introduction to Aboriginal Art Unit Plan

Unit Plan

An Introduction to Aboriginal Art Unit Plan

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9 x Lessons | Suitable for Grades: 3 - 6

This Visual Arts unit addresses the history of Aboriginal art in Australia and the variety of techniques used in different artworks.

It consists of 9 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

An assessment task for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included and will require an additional lesson.

 Overview

Objectives

  • To identify the different types of Aboriginal art in Australia.
  • To understand the history and traditional techniques of Aboriginal rock art.
  • To understand the history and traditional techniques of Aboriginal sand drawings.
  • To understand the history and traditional techniques of Aboriginal bark paintings.
  • To understand the history and traditional techniques of Aboriginal body painting.
  • To understand the history and traditional techniques of Aboriginal Wandjina artworks.
  • To understand the history and traditional techniques of Aboriginal x-ray art.
  • To understand the history and traditional techniques of Aboriginal cross-hatching.
  • To understand the history and traditional techniques of Aboriginal dot painting.

This Visual Arts unit provides excellent opportunities for cross-curricular integration. Look for ways to meaningfully integrate the content of the unit with other learning areas e.g. Literacy, History, Geography.

Prior to commencing the unit, develop an Aboriginal art display in the classroom. Display postersword wall vocabulary and learning goals that the students will engage with throughout the unit to stimulate their learning. For examples of additional teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the Indigenous Australians collection on the Teach Starter website.

Some of the materials required to create artworks may need to be sourced prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.

Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that some of the content in this unit may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.

 Lessons

60 minutes
Lesson 1

An Introduction to Aboriginal Art

A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify the different types of Aboriginal art in Australia.

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

Aboriginal Rock Art

A 60 minute lesson in which students will understand the history and traditional techniques of Aboriginal rock art.

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

Aboriginal Sand Drawings

A 60 minute lesson in which students will understand the history and traditional techniques of Aboriginal sand drawings.

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

Aboriginal Bark Paintings

A 60 minute lesson in which students will understand the history and traditional techniques of Aboriginal bark paintings.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

Aboriginal Body Painting

A 60 minute lesson in which students will understand the history and traditional techniques of Aboriginal body painting.

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Aboriginal Wandjina Artworks

A 60 minute lesson in which students will understand the history and traditional techniques of Aboriginal Wandjina artworks.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7

Aboriginal X-Ray Art

A 60 minute lesson in which students will understand the history and traditional techniques of Aboriginal x-ray art.

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60 minutes
Lesson 8

Aboriginal Cross-Hatching

A 60 minute lesson in which students will understand the history and traditional techniques of Aboriginal cross-hatching.

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60 minutes
Lesson 9

Aboriginal Dot Painting

A 60 minute lesson in which students will understand the history and traditional techniques of Aboriginal dot painting.

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60 minutes
Lesson 10 (Assessment)

Applying Aboriginal Art Techniques - Assessment Task

An assessment task in which students will demonstrate their understanding of Aboriginal art techniques.

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NSW Curriculum alignment

Victorian Curriculum alignment

Australian Curriculum alignment


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