A shortened easel and other painting activities
Otis today

Dreamtime Stories and Aboriginal Art

Papunya painting (in part) Budgerigars in the Sandhills 1975 by Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri

Does Australian Aboriginal art inspire you?

Papunya painting (in part) Life at Yuwa 1974 by Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri and Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri

 Images from Papunya painting - Out of the desert. Edited by Viven Johnson.

We visit the National Museum Australia regularly and have an on-going discussion about the first Australians. It's an important discussion. Caspar recently asked "Why do we speak English?". Really good question.

We have been reading Dreamtime stories which have captured Caspar's imagination like no other. They appeal to his boyish nature. 

Dreamtime Stories

The Bat and the Crocodile

We know that Aboriginal art tells a story, it always has meaning. We've researched symbols. 

The Beginners Guide to Australian Aboriginal Art - The symbolls, their meaning and some Dreamtime stories by R Lewis

We collected and explored natural mediums. 

Aboriginal Art Ochre from Australia

Ochre is unique and is very different from paint. First you need to grind it and then mix with water to make a paste. The colours are rich and deep.  

Australian Ochre

Ochre paint

We painted sticks, rocks, leaves and bark. Some dot paintings, some abstract designs. 

Painting on rock, bark and leaves with ochre

Rock, bark and ochre

To really appreciate Aboriginal form I introduced the Brave Ant colouring book. For Caspar it provided a structured way to experience Aboriginal art. 

Ochre painting from The Brave Ant colouring book

Otis had some fun too. I love this painting of his because of the colours - knowing it was made with the colours of our earth. 

Otis's first ochre painting


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