Australian Aboriginal Dot Painting
Aboriginal Australians, or ‘Aborigines’, believe that the Dreamtime was way back, at the very beginning of time. They believe that the land and the people were created by the Spirits; and that the Spirits gave them their hunting tools and each tribe its land, their totems, and their Dreaming.
The Aborigines’ many languages are not written, so they pass on their culture, traditions, and stories through dance, music, and art. This knowledge has been passed down from generation to generation for many thousands of years.
‘Dot painting’ has become a well-known medium, which Year 3 has studied and tried to replicate this week. We chose the natural colours that are found in central Australia, where dot painting is said to have originated, to represent the many animals that are important to Australia and the Aborigines.
You can see the finished products, along with all the other classes' fantastic work, at the Primary International Arts Show on Friday, 30th March at 2:30pm! We look forward to seeing you there!
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