Indigenous artworks are a part of Indigenous Australian culture and history
Indigenous artworks tell a story
ochre, a mineral from the earth, is used to create most Indigenous Australian paintings.
As a class, complete the activity on slides 41. Discuss the answers on slide 42.
Display and discuss slide 43. Provide each student with a copy of the Indigenous Australian Aboriginal Symbols Poster, a blank sheet of art paper and some art supplies. Ask the students to refer to the symbols on the poster to create their own set of symbols. Ask the students to use their own symbols to create a piece of artwork that represents a significant person, animal, place and/or event from their own life.
Monitor and support the students as they create their symbolic artworks. Once the students have finished, ask volunteers to share their artworks with the class. Encourage them to explain the meaning behind the symbols they have created.
As a class, play a game of ‘Pictionary’ using the symbols created by the students from the independent art activity. Ask volunteers to draw a symbol on the board for the class to identify.
Encourage more capable students to research other Indigenous art symbols used by other Indigenous Australian cultures.
Allow students who are finding the independent activity challenging to work with a small group to create a group artwork.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities